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Ћирилица Latinica English

Žarko Vojnović
Narodna biblioteka Srbije, Beograd

doi: 10.19090/cit.2019.34.14-21
No. 34 (May 2019), p. 2-10

About Unprofessional Advancement and Professional Decline


It was considered that the adoption of the new rule book on professional titles and the score list as a measuring instrument established a correct and just system for determining the exact contribution to library and information activity. However, it turned out that unclear criteria and the lack of understanding of basic principle issues led to a counter-eff ect. The expectation of linking the acquisition of professional titles to the material reward has caused a real fl ood of candidacies, many of which are therefore questionable, because the set requirements are being met only formally. Commissions in libraries and the Republic Commission failed to respond to the challenge in a principled way, wherein there are too many diametrically opposed attitudes. Unresolved basic issues are the main problem. The possibility and the need to evaluate the quality of the reported elements within the score list of a candidate are rejected, under the pretext that it is not a matter for the commission. In addition, the criteria for determining the more accurate range of library and information activities are unclear, which leads to inevitable arbitrariness, and in the case of diff erent candidates, the same thing is recognized or not recognized, as required. Another major issue is whether the regular work, done during working hours and for which the employee is paid, should be automatically accepted for evaluation within the score list, which has caused unjustness in assessment, favoring some and denying other candidates. This has led to lowering the level of the profession and the idea of professional advancement has lost sense.


professional titles, library and information activity, Rule Book on Detailed Requirements for Obtaining Higher Professional Titles in Library and Information Activity, score list, commissions, quality, evaluation

Submitted: 12th March 2019
Correction to the manuscript: 27th March 2019
Accepted for publication: 2nd April 2019

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