Established in 1976, CEDEFOP is the European Commission's institution dealing with vocational education and training (VET) systems in EU countries. The Cedefop Information and Documentation Service is a special library. Its collections are specialised on one main topic: vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union. Our principal objective is to select, acquire, process and disseminate a wide range of printed and electronic materials relevant to its target groups. Our information strategy is based on a decentralised approach reflected in the documentary information network with representatives from the 15 member States plus Norway and Iceland.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
Library and Documentation Service
10% of Collection
Methods of Data Management
European Training Thesaurus (ETT)
Services and Special Activites
The main source of information is VET-Bib, Cedefop's bibliographic database, which contains references to published and electronic material (monographs, research reports, legislation, EU legislative documents, journal articles, grey literature, etc. at EU, international and national levels.
All documents referenced in the bibliographic database are available either in the Cedefop library or from the documentary information network libraries. In July 2011, the bibliographic database contained about 80,000 bibliographic records and the library collections amounted to 30,000. European Training Thesaurus Cedefop's indexing tool contains approximately 1500 descriptors in English and French, in the 2009 printed edition. More languages will be available online.
Evaluating current developments in the vocational education training field; which are predefined search strategies on current relevant topics, such skills needs, early recognition of skill requirements, lifelong learning, sectoral training, etc.; and the monthly new acquisitions list VET-Alert
CEDEFOP coordinates ReferNet, the European network of reference and expertise with members in all 27 EU countries plus Norway and Iceland.
Intensify dissemination of information, develop a communication and marketing strategy, develop user driven platforms
To provide bibliographic information at the European level
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