Being an academic library - Erasmus Staff Training Week

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Sapienza Università di Roma
Institution website:
Monday, 20 May, 2019 to Thursday, 23 May, 2019
Registration fee:
No fee is applied
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Monday, 1 April, 2019
Accommodation not provided
Contact person details:
Agnese Galeffi
Sapienza Library System


Staff week themes

The second Erasmus Staff Week for librarians and information professionals organized by Sapienza Library System will discuss the role of academic libraries, trying to identify some trends and to envision their future.

What does it means being an academic library at the dawn of 2020?

The focus will be on the relationship among mission statement, students and academic staff needs, and constantly emerging instances. How to keep the right balance among these potentially diverging strengths? How to affirm the library’s role in a rapidly changing scenario? How to transform the uncertainty in a force of evolution?

The focus of the Staff week will focus on issues related to academic libraries such as

  • How to define the library’s mission and strategic plan
  • How to choose innovative services to be implemented
  • Successful experiences in re-organizing traditional services or creating new ones

  • Emerging needs
  • Third mission goals and libraries' activities

The aim of the 2nd International Staff Week for Libraries is bring together librarians and researchers in order to share successful or even controversial experiences, services and initiatives and to foster the discussion.


Call for participation and selection of applicants

For a successful Staff week, active participants play a big role in exchanging ideas and experiences in order to have fruitful discussions with colleagues. Applications will be selected on the basis of potential contributions to the Staff week’s outcomes (See Job description and Abstract in Application form).

The candidate should

  • Have a job experience related to at least one Staff week’s topic;
  • Submit an abstract of the experience, service or initiative to be presented during one of the Staff week’s sessions (presentations about 20 minutes);
  • Actively participate to the discussions;
  • Give a short introduction of her/him institution (about 5 minutes);
  • Have a working knowledge of English language in order to present and participate.


How to apply

Please, compile the online form.


Practical information

The venue will be the Sapienza University (main campus and off-site locations in Rome).

All participants will be asked to participate actively to the sessions. The schedule of the week will include presentations both from Sapienza and its partner institutions, and round tables among participants. The final programme will be sent by email to participants.

Confirmation will be sent by email before Tuesday, 12th March, 2019.

More info will be available on



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