The Ionian University Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology is the only one of this kind in Greece. It was established in the academic year 1993-1994 and its aim is to provide students with comprehensive education on book and information theory, on the theories of archive documents and objects worth preserving, as well as on issues relating to the creation, organisation, management and development of book, archives or other material and information collections. Moreover, the Department aims at promoting research in said fields, through a global approach and study of books, documents and museum objects both as information carriers and as broader cultural and social meaning agents.
The Department of Archives and Library Science occupies the second floor of the Ionian University’s most recent building, at 72 Ioannou Theotoki Street. Its state-of-the-art installations premises include five specially arranged teaching halls, teaching staff offices, the Secretariat, two computer labs and three research and teaching laboratories. Classes are also taught in the two ground-floor amphitheatres.
The computer labs are fully equipped with workstations, printers, scanners and up-to-date peripherals. Moreover, access is provided to the University's network as well as to a number of value-added services (e.g. Internet, network of Greek Academic Libraries Heal-link e.t.c.). The computer labs are supervised by trained staff.
Professional opportunities and prospects
There are approximately 300 active graduate and 75 postgraduate students at the Department of Archives and Library Science as well as about 60 PhD students. In the current socioeconomic reality, proper information organisation, evaluation and use at all levels, is necessary for the development of any activity. Over the past years, the enlargement of the role played by organisations managing collective memory, combined with the wide application of digital technologies in Greece and abroad, has led to a dramatic increase in the subjects taught at the Department, namely Archives and Library Science, Museology and Information Science in general. As a consequence, there is a respective increase in the demand for such specialised scientists by archives, libraries, museums, publishing houses, information centres etc, both in the public and the private sector, rendering our Department graduates’ professional prospects quite favourable.
Our students are trained in the organisation, classification, search, evaluation and presentation of all types of documents in conventional and/or digital form, including printed and electronic publications, corporate archives, papyri, audiovisual documents, legal texts and entertainment material, thus covering quite an extensive range of specialties that are useful to a large number of organisations and companies. As a result, Department of Archives and Library Science graduates may be employed in state and private archives, publishing houses, as well as in libraries of all types (state, private, academic, specialised, school libraries etc.).
Finally, they can be employed by museums for the management and presentation of museum collections. Some examples of potential employers include The State Archives and other Archives (of Universities, banks, organisations, courts of law, ministries and government agencies, companies, etc), various libraries (The National Library, The Hellenic Parliament Library, university, municipal, ministry, hospital, bank and other organisation libraries) as well as in documentation and information centres and as self-employed consultants in the field of library organisation and information services.