Twenty Years After: Scientific Research in the Field of Knowledge Organization in Romania (1993–2012)1

Victoria Frâncu

“Carol I” Central University Library of Bucharest

Tabita Popescu

National Library of Romania


Purpose/thesis: The main point that we want to emphasize in this study is that research in the field of knowledge organization in Romania over the last twenty years is unequally distributed among different professional categories ranging from library and information science faculty members, library professionals, software tools developers to independent researchers. The specific situation of library and information science functioning as a university department in Romania with an interruption of 20 years (1970–1990) affected the overall situation of scientific research in the specific fields associated with this discipline.

The study covers three stages: data collection, data recording and data interpretation.

Results and conclusion: The primary outcomes of the scientific research activities in question are publications (books, book chapters and journal articles). Given this, our interest will be directed towards the analysis to what extent research and publications have made an impact on the evolution of Romanian libraries over this twenty years span.


Knowledge Organization. Romania. Literature review.

Received: 15.10.2014. Revised: 11.12.2014. Accepted: 23.06.2015.


Traditionally, theoretical investigations are carried out at universities and research centers, while applied research in such fields like library and information science (LIS) is mostly conducted in libraries and information centers. The twenty-year break in LIS education at Romanian universities (1970–1990) had direct negative impact on research activities in this field, particularly in the first years after it was restarted. Most if not all the faculty were recruited from among librarians with modest scientific work experience, lacking the necessary pedagogical skills and with little theoretical knowledge, as they were rather professional librarians2. This situation, combined with the students’ lack of interest with university career has become even worse because of the lack of initiatives in promoting qualitative selection criteria for the staff recruitment at the LIS department at the universities. This resulted, as we shall see later in this paper, in unfavorable conditions for research activities in general. The applied research, however, was better carried out in libraries and related institutions and by individual researchers interested in libraries and particularly in the field of Knowledge Organization (KO). Nevertheless, the absence of high level scientific research, of long and medium term research programs in universities led to an unsystematic and often low-rated scientific research in the Romanian LIS.


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