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Competencies for Information Professionals

Updated: July 25, 2018

A listing of competency, knowledge, and skills profiles for practitioners in librarianship developed by associations and other professional bodies.

To suggest additions or updates to this page, e-mail info@librarianship.ca

General

Bodies of Knowledge
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
2012

Core Competences of Librarianship
American Library Association
2009

Competencies for Information Professionals
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
2003

The Library and Information Sector: Core Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
2014

Professional Knowledge and Skills Base
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP
2013

Academic Librarianship

Core Competencies for 21st Century CARL Librarians
Canadian Association of Research Libraries
2010

Core Competencies for University of Saskatchewan Librarians
University of Saskatchewan Library
2013

Archives

Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies
Society of American Archivists
2016

Art Librarianship

ARLIS/NA Core Competencies for Art Information Professionals
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
2017

Assessment

Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
2017

Children and Youth Librarianship

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
Association for Library Service to Children
2015

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
2017

Collections Management

Competencies for Special Collections Professionals
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
2017

Core Competencies for Acquisitions Professionals
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
2018

Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians
NASIG
2016

Core Competencies for Print Serials Management
NASIG
2016

Data Management

Librarians’ Competencies for Research Data Management
Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
2016

Government Librarianship

Competency Profile for the Research, Analysis and Library Specialists Group
Library of Parliament
2012

FLICC Competencies for Federal Librarians
Federal Library and Information Center Committee
2011

Government Knowledge and Information Management Professional Skills Framework
Government Knowledge and Information Management Network (UK)
2016

IM Technical Competency Framework
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
2009

Health and Medical Librarianship

Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success
Medical Library Association
2017

Core Competencies for Public Health Librarianship
Ontario Public Health Libraries Association (OPHLA)
2006

Vision Librarian Core Competencies
Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL)
2011

Information / Document / Records Management

IM Technical Competency Framework
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
2009

Records and Information Management (RIM) Core Competencies
ARMA
2017

Law Librarianship

AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK)
American Association of Law Libraries
2018

CALL/ACBD Professional Development Pathways
Canadian Association of Law Libraries
2015

Competencies of Law Librarianship
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
2010

Library Technicians

Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians
Canadian Federation of Library Associations (Canadian Library Association)
2011

Map Librarianship

Map, GIS and Cataloging / Metadata Librarian Core Competencies
American Library Association (ALA) Map and Geography Round Table
2008

Metadata and Cataloguing

Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
2017

Map, GIS and Cataloging / Metadata Librarian Core Competencies
American Library Association (ALA) Map and Geography Round Table
2008

Music Librarianship

Core Competencies and Music Librarians
Music Library Association
2002

Public Librarianship

SOLS Competencies Index for Public Library Staff
Southern Ontario Library Service
2013

Reference and Information Services

Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
2003

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
2017

Scholarly Communications

Librarians’ Competencies for Scholarly Communication and Open Access
Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
2016

School Librarianship

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada
Canadian School Libraries (Canadian Library Association)
2014

Program Standards School Library Media Specialist Preparation
American Association of School Librarians
2003

Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians
American Association of School Librarians
2010

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