Sirje Virkus

Sirje Virkus
Tallinn University | TLU · School of Digital Technologies

PhD

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Introduction
I'm currently a Professor of Information Science at Tallinn University, School of Digital Technologies and Head of the Study Area of Information Sciences
Additional affiliations
November 2014 - December 2014
Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Researcher
October 2014 - November 2014
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Position
  • Researcher
October 2010 - present
EADTU
Position
  • Open Educational Innovation and Incubation
Education
October 2011
Manchester Metropolitan University
Field of study
  • Information science

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Publications (108)
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Purpose This study aims to increase the understanding of the pregnancy-related information behavior (IB) of pregnant women in Estonia. Design/methodology/approach The research involved a quantitative research methodology consisting of a semi-structured questionnaire. Data was collected from pregnant Estonian women through a self-administered Web-b...
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Purpose This paper focuses on the links between information culture and the perception of the information overload on the example of higher education institutions in Estonia. The aim of this study is to understand how different types of information culture affect coping with information overload. Design/methodology/approach Two focus-group intervi...
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Purpose This study aims to increase the understanding of the connection between effective leadership behaviours and information culture in the higher education institution (HEI). Design/methodology/approach A qualitative case study was conducted at one department of an HEI in Estonia. This study used semi-structured interviews and document analysi...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a study exploring the emerging field of data science from the library and information science (LIS) perspective. Design/methodology/approach Content analysis of research publications on data science was made of papers published in the Web of Science database to identify the main themes...
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Due to the rapid development of information and communication technology, society has had to change the way it lives, works, communicates, collaborates, educates and learns. Academic research has begun to focus on this phenomenon, which is widely known as digital transformation (DT). This chapter explores how e-learning and information culture infl...
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Data science is a new field which has gained considerable attention from different disciplines. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the study that explored the field of data science from the computer science perspective. Analysis of research publications on data science was made on the basis of papers published in the Web of Scie...
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Purpose Data science is a relatively new field which has gained considerable attention in recent years. This new field requires a wide range of knowledge and skills from different disciplines including mathematics and statistics, computer science and information science. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the study that explored...
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The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a study that explores perceived information overload among the academic staff of higher education institutions in Estonia. This study aimed to examine the relationship between the perception of information overload, and information management, and information literacy. We formulated six researc...
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The aim of the study was to explore Estonian primary school teachers’ information seeking behaviour, the sources and tools they use to find and evaluate information, the challenges they face and their usage of libraries. A questionnaire was used to collect the data. Fiftyfour primary school teachers in Estonia participated in this study. The study...
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Cambridge Core - General - Libraries Without Walls 5 - edited by Peter Brophy
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Cambridge Core - General - Libraries Without Walls 7 - edited by Peter Brophy
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This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Metadata and Semantic Research, MTSR 2017 2017, held in Tallinn, Estonia, November 28th to December 1st, 2017. The 18 full and 13 short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 58 submissions. They focus on the Internet of Things (IoT...
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A Round Table on Professional Education was held in the National Library of Estonia on the 4th of October with the participation of the representatives of Estonian major libraries, the Estonian Librarians’ Association, and universities. Prof. Sirje Virkus, leader from the academic side in information science of the School of Digital Technologies, r...
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Since the mid-1990 s knowledge management (KM) has emerged as a rapidly growing field that covers diverse areas and disciplines. However, research on the relationship between information literacy (IL) and KM is still quite rare. This article explores the question to what extent IL and KM are addressed in the research literature. An analysis of rese...
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Nowadays, preschool children are growing up at ease with technology and become familiar with the use of digital devices such iPads, tablets, computers and mobile phones very early in their lives. Therefore, children are expected to develop different literacy skills [1]. The aim of the study is to explore the use of digital tools by preschool childr...
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During the last decade methods and tools for information seeking (IS) have changed dramatically. In order to help students in their IS process teachers should be information literate themselves. There is a lack of research on teachers’ perceptions and patterns of IS. Only a few studies have focused on teachers’ information seeking behavior (ISB). T...
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Introduction. This paper focuses on the information culture of higher education institutions in Estonia. The aim of the study is to explore the relationship between information culture, information management and job satisfaction, leadership style, and self-reported individual performance. Method. A total of 160 faculty members from twelve institut...
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This review article examines current trends and developments in higher education and considers how library and information science institutions have responded to these. The contribution of LIS institutions to innovation and change in Europe is examined through institutional case studies in the following institutions: the Institute of Information Sc...
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The way university academic staff perceive, promote, and practice information literacy (IL) becomes a topic of great importance to IL education. The tendency towards IL education as an integrated or embedded part of the curriculum and curriculum design where students have ongoing interaction and reflection with information, give academic staff an i...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the digital information literacy of the public library professionals in Oslo public library and explore the ways to improve their skills as well as barriers for the improvement. Easy access to information through the Internet has made many people very self-confident about their information skills. The questi...
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This paper examines the digital information literacy (DIL) of public library professionals in Norway and explores the ways to improve their skills as well as identify barriers to improvement. The case study method was used and semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with twenty public library professionals. The knowledge sharing appr...
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A contemporary trend in video games are the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs). This paper presents a literature review on the literacy skills that can be developed by playing MMORPGs. The literature review is divided into four sections according to the topics that emerged: (a) definitions and various views of researchers abo...
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The goal of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the literature on the adoption of video games by educational institutions and libraries in order to facilitate learning and literacy including information literacy among adolescents and young adults. Relevant documents published in a variety of databases between 2003 and 2015 were identifi...
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One of the dominant features of successful development of information literacy is effective leadership and good management that is important at various levels of the university (at top management level, library level, school and faculty level, department level and programme level) and could enormously influence the development of information litera...
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The objective of this study was to explore how Estonian librarians assess their information literacy (IL) and which knowledge, skills and attitudes they consider important in facilitating the development of IL of library users. The research strategy chosen was a multiple case study. Document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and expert intervie...
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Information culture is an important component of an organization. This paper focuses on the information culture of higher education institutions (HEIs) in Estonia and reports the results of a study that aimed to explore the relationship between information culture including information literacy, information management and satisfaction with job and...
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This paper refers to an evaluation project conducted at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki during 2014. The project aimed to evaluate the information literacy programme Orion. Orion is a useful tool that constitutes a most vital part of the information literacy skills evolution. The project aimed to evaluate the usabi...
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This paper is a starting of a research which points toward constructing the basis for a research agenda integrating Participatory Action Research (PAR) into Information Literacy (IL) research and practice. In order to achieve this goal: a) we enumerate some pros and cons of using such methodology on IL with the pertinent literature and our own prac...
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This paper is part of a doctoral research study about the integration of social media in a learning experience and the roles that information literacy, digital literacy, and new literacies may play in such integration. A pilot study was conducted and the final empirical study took place in April 2013. The methodological approach used is participato...
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This paper is a follow up to the article "Information literacy in Europe: a literature review", which was published in the electronic journal Information Research in 2003. This paper examines the information literacy movement in Europe ten years later, since 2003, and provides an overview of some trends and developments. The overview is based on li...
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This paper is a starting of a research which points toward constructing the basis for a research agenda integrating Participatory Action Research (PAR) into Information Literacy (IL) research and practice. In order to achieve this goal: a) we enumerate some pros and cons of using such methodology on IL with the pertinent literature and our own prac...
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This paper is part of a doctoral research study about the integration of social media in a learning experience and the roles that information literacy, digital literacy, and new literacies may play in such integration. A pilot study was conducted and the final empirical study took place in April 2013. The methodological approach used is participato...
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This paper is part of a doctoral research study about the integration of social media in a learning experience and the roles that information literacy, digital literacy, and new literacies may play in such integration. A pilot study was conducted and the final empirical study took place in April 2013. The methodological approach used is participato...
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Reference librarians have the opportunity to interact with patrons and colleagues of many different backgrounds, languages, and cultures as a result of our increasingly interconnected and peripatetic world. In order to provide the best possible service to these varied communities, reference librarians should understand some of the culture differenc...
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http://szf.lu.lv/files/petnieciba/Bibl_zin_nod/LU_SZF_IBSN_ZR_2013_nr3_small1.pdf This paper describes educational use of Web 2.0 tools by Digital Library Learning (DILL) master programme students. This research forms a part of the larger phenomenographic study that examined DILL students’ conceptions of the use of Web 2.0 tools. Methodology/empiri...
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This paper discusses the methodology used and some preliminary findings of the project that explored intercultural communication in library and information science education, more specifically in online learning environment. This research focuses on answering the following central question: What is the nature of successful intercultural communi...
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This study explores the potential and readiness of Tallinn University (TLU) to establish MOOCs and focuses on the expectations and perceptions of students and academic staff of TLU. The qualitative methodology was used and the focus group interview and face-to-face interview were applied as data collection techniques. The results of the study indic...
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This paper describes educational use of Web 2.0 tools by Digital Library Learning (DILL) master programme students. This research forms a part of the larger phenomenographic study that examined DILL students’ conceptions of the use of Web 2.0 tools.
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This chapter introduces a blended learning approach within a joint international Erasmus Mundus master programme on Digital Library Learning (DILL) at the Institute of Information Studies (IIS) of Tallinn University. IIS has experimented with technology-based teaching and learning methods and tools since the early 1990s. The DILL programme has been...
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This paper examines IL from a policy and strategy perspective and reports the selected findings of the research project that was carried out within open and distance learning universities in Europe. The research problem for this study focused on the need to know how information-related competencies (IRC) were developed in European higher open and d...
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This paper considers information literacy as an important competency for the 21st century.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jbayr.v1i2.10028
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Purpose – This paper aims to present the results of a study that investigated the Erasmus Mundus Digital Library Learning (DILL) Master programme students' conceptions and experiences of the use of Web 2.0 tools. Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted phenomenography as a research approach to identify DILL students' conceptions and experie...
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This chapter explains the concept of “information competence.” After defining the concept in the broader context of digital competences, we explain how important is to develop such competence in the context of workplace skills required in a knowledge society, and specially, in an e-learning environment. Being competent in the use of information is...
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Purpose - To investigate senior university managers' views of the development of information-related competencies (IRC) within European open and distance learning (ODL) universities. Design/methodology/approach - A multiple case study in six ODL universities, identified as examples of "good practice" of IRC, in five European countries. Findings - T...
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The purpose of this paper is to introduce a blended learning approach within a joint international Erasmus Mundus master programme on Digital Library Learning (DILL) at the Institute of Information Studies (IIS) of Tallinn University. IIS has experimented with technology-based teaching and learning methods and tools since the early 1990s. Within th...
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This paper reports the findings of the research project that was carried out within open and distance learning universities in Europe. The research problem for this study focused on the need to know how information-related competencies were developed in European higher open and distance learning institutions. The general research strategy in this s...
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Cross Border Virtual Entrepreneurship (CBVE) is a multilateral European project under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 within the sub programme Erasmus – Cooperation between Universities and Enterprises. It is a collaborative European action by a 6C Consortium which urgently addresses the skills of the lifelong learner in a way that fit...
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Purpose – This paper aims to explore the literature on integration of digital libraries and virtual learning environments (VLEs). Design/methodology/approach – Searches were carried out on Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA), from 2000 to 2008 using the terms “digital libraries” and “virtual learning environments”. In addition, referen...
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El Library and Learning Support Working Group (LLSWG) és una xarxa europea de professionals de biblioteca i de la informació i educadors dins de l'Associació Europea d'Universitats d'Ensenyament (EADTU). EADTU és l'organització que representa tant les universitats obertes i d'ensenyament a distància com els consorcis nacionals d'institucions d'ense...
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This publication presents the results of European funded research on flexible modality internships. The research was conducted under Cross Sector Virtual Mobility (CSVM): a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme (Lifelong Learning). The main objective: to facilitate (distance education) students to ent...
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The purpose of this paper is to describe the experiences of the Institute of Information Studies of Tallinn University in introducing ICT, including Web 2.0 technologies, in library and information science education, and to explore the role that these can play in new models of learning and teaching. Web 2.0 applications are reviewed in this paper a...
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This paper gives an overview and reports some of the selected findings of the research project on the development of IRC within open and distance learning (ODL) universities in Europe. This research project grew out of my curiosity about why the progress in developing IRC has been so modest. It was believed that a better understanding of what acade...
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In the last two decades an increasing interest in internationalization has been evident in library and information science (LIS) education in Europe. However, quite recently expansion and intensification of collaborative initiatives can be identified; European LIS schools have started to participate more actively in joint activities to respond to t...
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Purpose This paper aims to stress the importance of international and intercultural opportunities in serving as essential components in educating and training library and information professionals. More specifically, it provides an overview of issues and trends in internationalization of higher education (HE) in general and illustrates how the conc...
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An overview of the Copenaghen Project "LIS in Europe: Joint Curriculum Development and Bologna Perspectives, 2005" with regards to Information Literacy and LIS Curriculum. Presented at the Conference "Biblioteche e formazione", Milano, 15-16 Marzo 2007, Round Table "Competencies and curriculum for information literacy".
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In the last two decades an increasing interest in academic cooperation has been evident in library and information science (LIS) education in Europe. This growing interest of internationalisation is mainly motivated by a strong desire to respond to the challenges of globalisation, to improve and strengthen the LIS curricula as well as teaching and...
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This paper will give an overview of some of the developments in e-learning in Estonia during the last decade with a special emphasis on the use of new media in higher education (HE). The first part is a short overview of the concepts used and discussed by Estonian actors. The second examines the developments relating to the infrastructure, training...
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Our society is undergoing a process of rapid change, moving toward what is called the information society, the knowledge society, the network society or the informational mode of development (Castells, 1996; Inglis et al, 2002: 17) refer to the following features of the current period: dynamic and continuous change and transformation; the failure o...
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This paper examines current trends and developments in higher education (HE) and the responses of HE institutions to these changes. The contribution of Library and Information science (LIS) institutions to innovation in Europe is examined through three case studies – the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the Robert Gordon University (RGU) a...
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Bokk review of the book Online education and learning management systems: global e-learning in a Scandinavian perspective. by Morten Flate Paulsen
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Examines the developments in information literacy in Europe and provides an overview of the concepts used and discussed by European authors. Some examples of information literacy initiatives in schools and the higher education sector, as well as of institutions and organizations, projects and conferences concerned with information literacy, are giv...
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Examines the developments in information literacy in Europe and provides an overview of the concepts used and discussed by European authors. Some examples of information literacy initiatives in schools and the higher education sector, as well as of institutions and organizations, projects and conferences concerned with information literacy, are giv...
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The article is examining the political, economic, social and technological context within which academic libraries operate and attempts to provide some insights into the complex and dynamic situation in these countries as well as the main developments and issues academic libraries are facing in Central and Eastern Europe.
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This paper describes the development of library and information science education (LIS) in the Baltic and Nordic countries and gives a brief overview of the historical and present connections of these countries. The similarities and differences between the Baltic countries as well as the Nordic and Baltic higher education systems are described. The...
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The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) over the past decades has created new challenges and opportunities for libraries and librarians. As a result of ICT, library services to users have changed, the management of libraries has evolved and the roles of librarians have multiplied. The new millennium presents new oppo...
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The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) over the past decades has created new challenges and opportunities for libraries and librarians. As a result of ICT, library services to users have changed, the management of libraries has evolved and the roles of librarians have multiplied. The new millennium presents new oppo...
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L'idee du teleenseignement en Estonie a pris son envol en 1993, date a laquelles les pays nordiques ont reflechi a l'etablissement d'un reseau de teleenseignement regional en cooperation avec PHARE (programme de l'Union europeenne pour la restructuration economique et socialede pays de l'Europe centrale et de l'Est). Des 1994, des projets pilotes o...
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Since Estonia regained its independence in 1991, essential technical, economic, political and social changes have taken place here. All sectors of our economy require greater access to information than ever before. Complex changes are also facing libraries, librarians and education in Estonia. The systematic transition to modern information technol...
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Developments in information and communication technology have already transformed the way we live, work and educate. The new networked electronic environment has deeply affected the world of information and has an immediate impact on the role of information professionals. The networked environment has also changed the way libraries and librarians s...
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Summary To align the work-placement programmes better with the increasingly individualised needs of the 21 st century learner, both the conventional universities and the open and distance teaching universities must become exposed to radically new and flexible placement practices. Work placement programmes must innovate by addressing the (individual...

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HOME is partly funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. HOME started in January 2014 and is funded to June 2016, however partners will continue with many activities. The aim of the project was to develop and strengthen an open network for European cooperation on open education, in general, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in particular. Through two successive surveys, several publications, network and dissemination activities and four main networking events the HOME project had a substantial impact throughout Europe and strongly contributed to the identification of a European MOOC model.