Welcome from Per Hasle – University of Copenhagen

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Welcome from the Director

Director Per Hasle

Head of department Per Hasle

Welcome to the Royal School of Library and Information Science. You are joining a study programme and an institution that puts great emphasis on a high quality of education and a great study environment. The most important thing for us is that you and your fellow students get an education which is both practical and based on the latest research. In all modesty, RSLIS is considered one of the world's best institutions within our field. But as director of this school I also support an educational philosophy which states that it is simply not enough that the educational programmes are academically well-founded. The hours you spend in the classrooms studying on your own or in groups, solving assignments together etc. - those are also hours out of your life and we should do everything in our power to make them great hours spent in each other's company.

This means as a student you have a responsibility to the school as a whole, your fellow students and your own academic development. Your teachers and the entire institution can contribute with quite a bit of knowledge and insight, but it is you yourself that need to absorb it and take it in. We, on the other hand, have a responsibility to do everything we can to provide you with the best possible conditions to make this happen. Our ambition to make RSLIS one of the best places to study in Denmark depends on you too - even though you are brand new. I invite all of you students to help improve the school and continuously improve the study environment.

Here at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, we can be pleased with our high level of job security and societal relevance. Through your studies you gain  great insight into the interplay between people, information and technology which is the same as saying that you gain knowledge about knowledge - a key competence in today's society, as well as in the society of the future. Cultural understanding and culture promotion are also a great and essential part of the studies. And these two themes, knowledge and culture, are after all part and parcel of the same thing. Because knowledge is never an isolated concept found on its own. Knowledge always belongs to a specific cultural context which helps transform this knowledge.

Per Hasle
Head of department, Professor