The calling of information professionals is to promote lifelong learning and reference assistance to their patrons. They are tasked to provide the tools and services that can influence how someone locates, assesses, and uses a resource so that it is most beneficial to their desired purpose. In short, they are educators and are guided by competencies to achieve these goals. These competencies consist of the knowledge, skills and attitudes which set the foundation for the profession. The American Library Association (ALA)’s Core Competencies for Librarianship (American Library Association, 2009) and the Special Libraries Association (SLA)’s Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century Revised edition (Abels, Jones, Latham, Magnoni, & Marshall, 2003) of competencies speak specifically to our role as educators in the information profession.
Below, you will find five competencies from the aforementioned organizations that speak to my learning objectives and are illustrated in my personal artifacts, as well as analyzed in my knowledge essays.
ALA 1H. The importance of effective advocacy for libraries, librarians, other library workers, and library services.
ALA 5E. The principles and methods of advocacy used to reach specific audiences to promote and explain concepts and services.
ALA 7D. The principles related to the teaching and learning of concepts, processes and skills used in seeking, evaluating, and using recorded knowledge and information.
SLA B2. Builds a dynamic collection of information resources based on a deep understanding of clients’ information needs and their learning, work and/or business processes.
SLA D1. Assesses, selects and applies current and emerging information tools and creates information access and delivery solutions.
American Library Association. (2009). ALA’s core competences of librarianship. American Library Association. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org
Abels, E., Jones, R., Latham, J., Magnoni, D., & Marshall, J. G. (2003). Competencies for information professionals of the 21st century, revised edition. Special Library Association.Retrieved from http://www.sla.org