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Information competencies of historians as archive users: A Slovenia/UK comparison

Vilar, P., Šauperl, A., Semlič Rajh, Z. , Robinson, L. & Bawden, D. (2016). Information competencies of historians as archive users: A Slovenia/UK comparison. Paper presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2016), 10-13 Oct 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.


This paper reports a study of the characteristics, skills and competencies of historians, both amateur and professional, as users of archives. It makes two main comparisons: between professional historians and amateurs, typically genealogists and family historians; and between participants in Slovenia and in the United Kingdom. The study is in two parts. First, a detailed and comprehensive literature analysis, including information competencies of archivists where relevant, as well as those of users, to identify the main issues to be examined. Second, a Delphi study with a small panel of archivists from both countries, to establish consensus or divergence of opinion, and to explore the differences, if any, between amateur and professional historians, and will also investigate any national differences. The results show a high degree of consensus, and point to common issues in the skills and competencies needed by both groups, which should be explored in a larger study.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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