Ms. Dulce Correia

Ms. Dulce Correia
Librarian Director
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria


Dulce Correia holds a degree in History and a postgraduate degree in Documental Sciences from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), a postgraduate degree in Advanced Management of Human Resources from ISLA (Leiria, Portugal) and a postgraduate degree in Executive Coaching from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (Portugal). She holds a master's degree in Information Science from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), where she presented a master's dissertation on Sustainability of Higher Education Libraries: providing services to private companies at the Documentation Services of the Polytechnic of Leiria. Dulce Correia is qualified with FORGEP - Training Program in Public Management - by the National Institute of Administration (Portugal). Since 1993 she has been working as a Library and Documentation Technician in Public Library Network and Higher Education Libraries, namely in the Documentation Services of the University of Beira Interior (Covilhã, Portugal), the Municipal Library of Pombal (Portugal) and the Higher School of Technology and Management of Leiria (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal). In 2007 she was appointed Director of the Documentation Services of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. She is a member of the governing bodies of the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists since 2011.


The networks of cooperation of Libraries: the experience of the Libraries of the Polytechnic of Leiria
At a time of strong budgetary constraints, constant legislative changes and great demands within the Portugal’s Public Administration, libraries are also required to do more and better, with the same resources. Faced with this reality, libraries must react to adversity, continuing to focus their attention on their users and their needs, and be creative in finding solutions that add value to the public service they provide. One way is to invest in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the services they provide and explore new sustainability models. The opening of the libraries to the external communities and institutions to which they belong, the establishment of local, regional, national and international cooperation networks with similar institutions or other complementary fields of activity, are options which certainly deserve effort and investment. The Libraries of the Polytechnic of Leiria have tried to be attentive to all opportunities for cooperation with other institutions and are currently part of several networks.