I professionisti dell’informazione a cui ci si rivolge sono tutte le figure professionali che operano in archivi, biblioteche e musei e che cooperano nella catena del valore della creazione, memorizzazione, gestione, diffusione ed uso dell’informazione digitale. Le Biblioteche digitali sono organizzazioni che forniscono le risorse, incluso il personale specializzato, per selezionare organizzare, offrire l’accesso intellettuale, interpretare, distribuire e preservare l’integrità oltre che assicurare la persistenza nel tempo di collezioni di manufatti digitali (Digital Library Federation 2003). Il Master Internazionale per la Biblioteca Digitale (Digital Library Learning – DILL) vuole porsi come un programma europeo avanzato di formazione per i professionisti dell’informazione che vogliano avere un ruolo leader e delle responsabilità nel complesso mondo delle biblioteche digitali. Il Master include sia l’aspetto tecnico che l’aspetto di organizzazione delle biblioteche digitali, sviluppando criteri e metodi che mettono in evidenza le opportunità delle biblioteche digitali in modo inter-disciplinare a vantaggio della società.
Il Master internazionale DILL è fruibile anche a distanza.
Master DILL in Digital Library Learning is a two-year international master for elite information professionals to provide them with the skills and competencies to navigate the rapidly evolving world of digital libraries. It is offered in cooperation between Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia), and the University of Parma (Italy). Students will spend at least one semester at each institution.
The first semester starts with a summer school, and takes place in Oslo, Norway. The second semester, students are in Tallinn, Estonia. The third semester contains a second summer school, and takes place in Parma, Italy. Students will also do an international internship in this semester. In the final semester, students can choose in which country they would like to write their Master’s thesis.
The Dill master’s course is now offered as a distance education with online tutorials, or you may choose to follow it as an on-campus-student. Please specify in which way you plan to attend the programme when you apply.
When following the course online, it is required that the student spend one week in the beginning of each year of study in the respective institutions. You must therefore spend one week of august in Oslo the first year, and one week of august in Parma the second year. There is unfortunately no longer scholarships in the Dill-programme, so the students have to cover travel expenses themselves.
The tuition fee for the online-course is the same as the one for on-campus students. We have, however, recently lowered the cost to make it easier for students to attend without a scholarship.
Dill will admit both European and so-called third-country (i.e. non-EU/EEA-EFTA) students.
Requirements for all DILL students:
- A degree in Library and Information Science (based on no less than three years of full-time study â€“ 180 ECTS) or equivalent qualifications, such as a degree in another relevant subject.
- Knowledge and skills of computers for information use.
English skills. Students from non-English speaking countries must have passed:
- either IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (minimum score: 6.0 points)
- or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (minimum score: 550 on the paper based test, 213 on the computer based test, or 80 on the Internet based test).
Exemptions from submitting the the English test scores may be given if the applicants fills one of the following conditions:
- English is your mother tongue, or
- You have completed a degree with English as the means of education (must be documented by your university)
Please note: the maximum number of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses for which students can apply is 3. The commission will verify if students have been selected for more than one course.
The final selection of students to DILL is made by the DILL Selection Committee, which consists of representatives from all three partner institutions.
The applications are evaluated by a combination of different factors. The factors and their weight are:
- Relevance and excellence of academic background (weight: 40%)
- The submitted statement of purpose (weight: 30%)
- Relevant experience and professional training (weight: 20%)
- Letters of reference (weight: 10%)
The first semester is offered in Oslo, Norway, at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). After a preliminary summer school in August, students follow two modules, that provide foundations in research methods and digital documents in the context of libraries.
The semester contains the following courses:
- Research Methods & Theory of Science
- Digital Knowledge Organization
The second semester is offered in Tallinn, Estonia, at Tallinn University.
The semester contains two modules:
- Information and Knowledge Management
- Human Resource Management
The third semester is offered in Parma, Italy, at the University of Parma. After a second summer school, students follow two modules. During the third semester, students will also undertake a work placement, in either Parma, Tallinn or Oslo.
The semester contains the following courses:
Users and Usage of Digital Libraries: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation
Access to Digital Libraries
Students can choose to write their Master Thesis at either of the three partner institutions, depending on the subject of the thesis and the location of the student’s main supervisor.