Librarians’ Competencies

ALA’s Core Competencies for Librarianship

(2009) ALA’s Core Competencies for Librarians. (5 pages, pdf, opens in a new window).

The Core Competences of Librarianship define the knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from  ALA-accredited master’s programs in library and information studies.  The Presidential Task Force on Library Education has gathered together the drafts of the Core Competences resulting from the work of various bodies in response to the first Congress on Professional Education and, following extensive consultation and redrafting, presented them in the current form to the Executive Board , who approved them at their fall 2008 meeting.  The final statement was approved and adopted as policy by the ALA  Council  on January 27, 2009 during the 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.  Source: ALA website.

ACRL Framework for Access Services Librarianship.

(2020) A Framework for Access Services Librarianship: An Initiative Sponsored by the ACRL Access Services Interest Group. (33 pages, pdf, opens in a new window).

ACRL is the source that the higher education community looks to for Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks on academic libraries. ACRL develops Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks to help libraries, academic institutions, and accrediting agencies understand the components of an excellent library. Source: ACRL standards website.

LITA Core Competencies in Library / Information Technology

(2009) Thompson, Susan. Ed. Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff: LITA Guide 15. (book). Ideal for public and academic libraries, Core Technology Competencies for Libraries and Library Staff provides an excellent starting point for defining and evaluating the right inventory of technical skills and management attributes for librarians and library staff. LITA experts lay out the technical competencies expected in technology specialists and managers, and systems and IT librarians by libraries. Extensive appendices include core competency lists, personnel assessment checklists, job descriptions, and training curricula.

NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians

(2017) “NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians,” NASIG Newsletter: Vol. 32 : No. 5 , Article 1. Available at:

ALCTS Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professionals

(2017) Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professionals.

Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians

(2017) Professional Competencies for Reference and Users Services Librarians. Written by the RUSA Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians Task Force, chair, Nancy Huling; Larayne J. Dallas; Robin Kinder; Jo Bell Whitlatch; Beth Woodard. Approved by the RUSA Board of Directors, September 7, 2017.


(2014) Competency index for the library field.

“The Competency Index for the Library Field is a valuable resource for libraries, helping staff identify and obtain the knowledge, skills and support needed to power relevant and vibrant libraries. Developed with the input and guidance of library staff and library consultants, the Index was originally published in 2009, and was updated in 2014 to address the ever-increasing economic, social, and educational demands of local communities. These dramatic changes have impacted the skills library staff need to develop to serve those needs. Three elements in particular have been emphasized throughout the Competency Index: 21st century skills, accountability, and community engagement. Competencies continue to be a work-in-progress.” Source: WebJunction

(2016). Calarco, Pascal Vincent; Schmidt, Birgit; Kutchma, Iryna; and Shearer, Kathleen. Time to Adopt: Librarians’ New Skills and Competency Profiles. F. Loizides and B. Schmidt (Eds.). Positioning and Power in Academic Publishing: Players, Agents and Agendas. IOS Press, 2016.

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