Educational structure of employees in Serbian public libraries
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The paper presents the structure of employees in public libraries according to the level and field of education. Data relating to 2018 and 2013 have been highlighted in order to determine the effect of the ban on public sector employment that was enacted at the end of 2013. It is evident that the number of employees with a high school degree and a college degree has decreased while the number of university graduates has increased. As it is not specified, at any level, who can do the job of a graduate librarian, the aim is to determine which professions are represented among the highly educated employees in public libraries. Employees with a bachelor's or master's degree in librarianship are grouped into a special category, in order to find out what percentage of the staff with higher education they make. The fact that the number of library users in Serbia is below all standards indicates that something needs to be changed. First of all, it would be good to examine the current situation... in Serbia and study the regulations in the countries that are more advanced in this matter, and then to specify more explicitly what educational profiles should be represented in public libraries here. Balance should be found through the joint work of older and younger experts, those who have completed their studies at the Department of Library and Information Science, and those from other faculties, in order to find motivation and achieve a common goal - raising awareness of the importance of using libraries.