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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin School of Library and Information Science

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is to promote research and teaching, independent scholarship for its own sake, and personal development. Likewise research and teaching undertaken at the Institute of Library and Information Science supports these principles.

    Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt were inquiring persons engaged in discovering and understanding the world. Although they approached inquiry from different angles - Alexander used an explorative approach whereas Wilhelm used an analytical one - they were connected by a desire to extend their knowledge. This 'Humboldt ideal' must be encouraged and cultivated in each scholarly generation. These ideas guide research and teaching at the Institute.

      As the only German Institute for Library and Information Science on university level, we aspire to research that preserves the focus of traditional library science, with an eye to the paradigm shift in scholarly communication and the focus on digitalisation.

        Within the arena of information and knowledge processes and the development of new communication cultures, the interaction between humans and technology takes centre stage in research and teaching. Students acquire professional competencies and skills for working on scientific questions, as well as the necessary management competencies to qualify them for a variety of visionary roles in designing information services and in librarianship.

          Students and teachers must learn from each other. This reciprocity occurs through the use of modern pedagogy and by integrating students into research projects: both supporting and challenging them. Our students are plurally interested, excellently educated and flexibly applicable information professionals.