Listen to Librarians: Highlighted Core Competencies for Librarianship from the Perspectives of Working Librarians

Yuerong Hu, Melissa G. Ocepek, John Stephen Downie, Lecia Barker

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Abstract

Librarianship is constantly confronted with unexpected and quickly evolving socio-technical challenges, yet the documents that define the core professional competencies for librarians are infrequently updated. Based upon survey responses collected from 383 working librarians located in the United States, we describe a set of gaps between current competency guidelines and current library realities with regard to practice, management, communication, career development, relations, and personal attributes. We argue that professional library organizations, educators, and policy-makers could formulate more relevant and impactful core competency documents by deliberately integrating the on-the-ground insights of librarians’ lived experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1013
Number of pages20
JournalCollege and Research Libraries
Volume83
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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