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The Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies (Wydział Dziennikarstwa, Informacji i Bibliologii) is the first and only scientific unit in Poland that concentrates its scientific and didactic activity on three disciplines that define contemporary interpersonal communication: it focuses on the media, information studies, and book studies.
The Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw is also the youngest of all the University faculties. It came into existence as of the 1st of September 2016. However, it is worth mentioning that, while remaining an innovative school in terms of didactics and its internal structure, the Faculty derives from a long standing tradition of teaching about journalism, the media, information and book studies.
The Faculty was created by merging the Institute of Journalism (a part of the Faculty of Journalism and Political Sciences) and the Institute of Information and Book Studies (a part of the Faculty of History). Both these Institutes were amongst the best specialization-oriented institutions in Poland, which has been shown by the results of various polls, analyses, and rankings executed by accreditation committees and the most respected Polish media.
Nevertheless, even these two recognized, prestigious, and well functioning Institutes not only had to focus on reinforcing their original foundations, but also set goals for the future of their activity. These goals should not simply concentrate on the current challenges that the advancement in modern technology as well as current educational marker changes pose. The goals should require the creation of synergy between the related fields of study of the Institute of Journalism and the Institute of Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw.
A strong need of forming a new faculty arose, and thus the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies came into existence. The Faculty is a new scientific and didactic school ready to undertake the long-term challenges that stem from probably the fastest developing domains of human activity: the media, communication, and information.
The Institute of Journalism (Instytut Dziennikarstwa) continued the over eighty-year long tradition of forming future journalists in Poland. The first School of Journalism (Szkoła Dziennikarska) was created in Warsaw in 1917; at nearly exactly the same time the Faculty of Publicism and Journalism (Wydział Publicystyki i Dziennikarstwa) was founded as a part of the School of Political Science (Szkoła Nauk Politycznych) in Warsaw. The University of Warsaw, as well, had its own Faculty of Journalism functioning as an independent school between 1953 and 1960.
The story of the Institute itself, however, began in 1975 when the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science (Wydział Dziennikarstwa i Nauk Politycznych) was founded within the University of Warsaw. The Institute of Journalism was integrated into the Faculty, and as of that time it was always highly popular amongst applicants. One of the reasons of its continued popularity was a modern curriculum that was constantly adapted to the ever-changing media, communication, and the dynamics of the labour market (particularly worth mentioning here is the specialist Laboratory of Media Marketing and PR founded in 1995 as the first such institution in Poland’s public schools, educating students on the subject of public relations). The Institute of Journalism, and now the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies, has always been especially proud of its three professional studios: photographic (located at 69 Nowy Świat St), radio, and television (both located at 2/4 Bednarska St, now also the headquarters of Academic Campus Radio, as of 1st June 2005 broadcasting its programme to the entire capital city at 97.1 MHz, as per the licence granted by the National Broadcasting Council).
The Institute of Journalism was Poland’s largest university unit the graduates of which worked at newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, agencies, publishing houses and advertisement, marketing and public relations companies.
Institute of Information Science and Book Studies was one of the eldest centres of academic education for future information experts and librarians in Poland. The tradition of bibliological education at our University is nearly as old as the University itself. It was initiated by lectures conducted by Joachim Lelewel (1820-1821), and then by Karol Estreicher (1865-1868). In 1951 the Department of Bibliology of the University of Warsaw (Katedra Bibliotekoznawstwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego) was created under the supervision of professor Aleksander Birkenmajer. It was the second such institution in the country, following one started in Łódź in 1945.
Since the very beginning of its existence the Department specialised in, first of all, research and education on the contemporary issue of book and its institution. In the mid 1960’s that speciality was broaden further to include the issue of documentation and information science, and these started to gradually take more and more prominent place in the Department’s operation. In 1968 the Department was transformed into the Institute of Library Science and Information Science (Instytut Bibliotekoznawstwa i Informacji Naukowej) as a part of the Faculty of History. Its name was changed again in 1997 when a new curriculum was introduced steering the focus of the studies to a greater extent towards the question of organising information resources and carrying out information in the varied environment of the contemporary social, scientific and economical life. This time its name was Institute of Information Science and Book Studies (Instytut Informacji Naukowej i Studiów Bibliologicznych).
Within those nearly sixty five years of its existence the Institute has transformed from a fairly small Department into a large University Institute with an extensive scientific research and a multilateral educational activity. The Institute of Information Science and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw was the largest university centre for educating future information specialists in Poland.
The main objective of the Faculty’s activity is to:
The Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw fulfils its mission as described by these four basic objectives: