Competence Development Centre

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The Competence Development Centre has been a structural unit of the National Library of Latvia since 2008. The Centre provides professional development opportunities for librarians and carries out tutoring and advisory centre functions in library education.

In 2016, the National Library of Latvia became an accredited educational institution with the right to implement formal education programmes and to provide an assessment of non-formal learning outcomes as a basis for allocation level to the qualification of the EQF level 4 (in Latvia - QF level 3).

On August 14, 2017, the delegation agreement Nr. 3-24/83 between the National Library of Latvia (NLL) and State Education Quality Services (SEQS) was signed. Under this agreement SEQS delegates NLL as a Professional competence assessment institution with a task of the public administration – validating non-formal and informal learning (examination). In December the first exam was organized. All 12 participants succenfully passed the exam, acquired level 3 of professional qualification in the profession of "Librarian" (European Qualifications Framework level 4) and received a state-recognized document – a certificate.

In the spring of 2018 National Library of Latvia received 259 applications as a part of the 2nd stage of the European Social Fund (ESF) project "Development of professional competence of employed persons". 151 of received applications were for admission to the formal vocational qualification program "Library sciences", 108 to the formal vocational education program "Basics of Information and Library sciences". A total of 4 learning groups (60 learners) in the formal vocational qualification program "Library sciences" and 2 learning groups (34 learners) in the formal vocational education program "Basics of Information and Library sciences" were created. All 6 learning groups started learning in June of 2018. 90% of the tuition fees are covered by the European Social Fund, while the learners co-payment of € 7824 covers the rest. The total amount of granted funding from the European Social Fund for the implementation of aforementioned is € 70416.

Mission: to provide Latvia with both professional librarians and brilliant teachers
Vision: a high-quality, innovative learning process, and a broad range of options
Values: people and their contemporary needs (desires), quality, development, confidence

Strategic directions

1. Improving Competencies

Professional competencies:

  • Library Organization, Management and Administration
  • Information and Knowledge Service Management
  • ICT and Digital Literacy
  • Organization of Data, Information, and Knowledge Assets

Key and Context competencies:

  • Team Management
  • Event Planning and Management
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic Planning
  • Theoretical perspectives in Adult Education

Personal competences:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Art of Positive Thinking

2. Cooperation with regional libraries

  • Consultation/ tutoring
  • Courses – Educational programmes

3. International cooperation

  • Work-based learning
  • Exchange of experience
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Adult Education
  • Improvement of Professional education

Eduactional activities of CDC in 2017 (PDF)
Library and Information Science qualifications in Latvia (PDF)

Further information about Latvia's education system can be found at:

The groups of librarians are set up on the basis of the level of their knowledge. The trainings are held at Mūkusalas iela 3, Level 8, Room 806.


For more information:
Phone: +371 67806129