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Tuesday, 15th April 2014

Competency Index for the Library Field

Source: WebJunction

Introduction:

The WebJunction Competency Index has been a valuable resource for libraries since its introduction in 2009, helping staff identify and obtain the knowledge, skills and support needed to power relevant and vibrant libraries. However, with ever-increasing economic, social and educational demands, libraries have experienced dramatic changes in community needs and the tools available to serve those needs. Community members have grown to expect personalized experiences, and they want services and resources that are easy to access and simple to share and build upon. They expect higher levels of interactivity and accountability. Accordingly, the 2009 Competency Index has been updated to address the range of skills and abilities required to meet evolving community needs and expectations.

To update the Index, the original competency sections were revisited and revised, informed by review of recent competency sets from various library organizations and by input from subject matter experts across the field. Three elements in particular have been emphasized throughout: 21st century skills, accountability and community engagement.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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