First class training at IUBH

When Jörn Koopmann started his apprenticeship as specialist for media and information services (FAMI – Fachangestellten für Medien- und Informationsdienste) at the IUBH University of Applied Sciences he never imagined that he would complete his training as the best German examinee. Even now, Koopmann, who in the meantime works as part of the IUBH library team, finds it hard to believe that at the beginning of December he was given the award in the presence of the university’s chancellor and the head of the university’s library. Both the IHK Bonn Rhein/Sieg Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the DIHK German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Berlin honoured the best trainee of the year and the national best examinee.

FAMIs are divided into five areas: archives, library, information/documentation, image agency and medical documentation. Jörn Koopmann’s responsibilities at IUBH include processing, cataloguing, provisioning and acquisition of media and the training of users. The technical aspects of the profession are of particular interest to him. The IUBH library at the campus in Bad Honnef has over 26,000 pieces of media, including books, magazines and CDs. Users can also access more than 30 databases, e.g. Ebsco or the online library of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), with over 500,000 titles.

The Lower Saxony native explained his outstanding achievement with the fact that at IUBH he was involved with all processes from day one: he could work independently and had to take on responsibility. Apprenticeships at IUBH have been distinguished with excellent examination results by others before him:  Kathrin Bekel (November 2010) and Katharina Schreck (November 2013) were each awarded the districts best trainee of the year in their specialist areas. With Mr Koopmann IUBH is now a national winner for the first time.

For the next few years Jörn Koopmann will remain faithful to IUBH. When he’s not in the library at the campus in Bad Honnef assisting students with their research, he is studying for his job-concurrent bachelor’s degree programme in information management or canoeing on the Rhine, Sieg and Agger.

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