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Professional training as a specialist for media and information services, specialising in libraries

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H-BRS University offers both students and trainees a variety of options to earn a degree. One of these options is a professional training as a specialist for media and information services, specialising in libraries.
Focus of training
  • Procuring, recording, indexing and providing media, information and data
  • Navigating and using subject-specific systems, catalogues and databases
  • Using a variety of information and communication systems
  • Advising patrons on library services and offerings
  • Conducting research in data networks and databases
  • Teaching information and media literacy
  • Assisting with readings and other events
  • Good school-leaving certificate (Mittlerer Schulabschluss), vocational baccalaureate (Fachabitur) or A-Levels/baccalaureate (Abitur)
  • Good marks in German and English, as well as good general knowledge
  • Customer and service orientation
  • Diligence, confidence and power of concentration
Location and duration of training

The training is a so-called ‘dual training’, devised by the Disctrict Government of Cologne and the Cologne-based Joseph-Dumont-Berufskolleg. One part of your training will take place on location in the H-BRS library (Sankt Augustin or Rheinbach), the other at the vocational school in Cologne.

The training will take three years, but may be shortened under certain circumstances. Examinations will be taken with the Cologne District Government. Pay is regulated by collective agreements for public services (TVöD).

Your application

You are interested in training with us? Great, we are looking forward to meeting you!

Please note that we only accept applications handed in via our online portal. Please make sure to upload your complete application before the end of the deadline. It should comprise of the following:

  • A flawless cover letter addressed to us, in which you briefly introduce yourself and explain your motivations for wanting to train with us
  • A complete CV with all details of your previous training and work experience, including work placements, part-time jobs, voluntary work etc.
  • Your school-leaving certificate or last two report cards
  • Any available certificates and/or references from work placements, part-time jobs or voluntary work
  • Any available certificates from language courses, workshops etc.
  • In case you plan on leaving university to train with us, your transcript of records
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You can find general information on working in libraries and job hunting library related jobs on the website (German language).