The Government of Catalonia and the University of Barcelona present the exhibition “BiblioTec” to mark the centenary of the founding of the School of Librarians and the Network of Public Libraries in 1915. This exhibition provides an insight into the evolution of this educational institution and the transformation of a profession that has adapted to the times and the needs of the market.
The exhibition “BiblioTec. One Hundred Years of Library Studies and Librarianship (1915-2015)”, curated by Teresa Manà and Mònica Baró , coincides with the Year of the Library. It will be on display from 17 February to 10 May 2015, in Room 4 of the Cotxeres multidisciplinary space at the Palau Robert.
The School of Librarians, established by Eugeni d’Ors within the framework of the public library system promoted by the Commonwealth of Catalonia, has been an innovative institution since its outset. It is currently the Faculty of Library and Information Science, set up in 1999, which is part of the University of Barcelona. Today it trains professionals in information and documentation, especially in the field of the Internet (web content managers, digital content experts, community managers, fact checkers, etc.).
The exhibition presents a chronological journey from 1915 to the present day, highlighting the most noteworthy events in Catalonia in the realm of libraries, information and documentation. The events are classified into three periods: Creation and Implementation (1915-1939), The Silent Work (1940-1975), and Recovery and Standardisation (1976-2015).
The exhibition is rounded off with a number of digital desks that delve into aspects such as the history of the School of Librarians to the current Faculty of Library Science, the role of librarians as witnesses of history and custodians of cultural heritage and the establishment of professional associations to advocate common interests.