ALA Council Passes Resolution Defining Core Competences for Librarianship

February 26, 2009 at 8:03 am 4 comments

Core competences for librarianship were finally defined at the very recent Midwinter Meeting in Denver, where the ALA Council passed the resolution, and this Tuesday, ALA sent out a press release summarizing the resolution and providing links to the core competences site and a pdf. The document defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies.

The core competences “stress the role of library and information professionals in promoting democratic principles and intellectual freedom, knowing and applying the legal framework guiding libraries and information agencies – including laws relating to copyright, privacy, freedom of expression, equal rights and intellectual property – and identifying and analyzing emerging technologies and innovations.”

I especially enjoyed reading from their press release the “identifying and analyzing emerging technologies and innovations” phrase above myself! 😉

Do take a look at the entire core competences doc for all of the details when you get a moment.

-Robert Lackie

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  • 1. Olivia Nellums  |  February 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    The link provided shows an error message. Do you know of a different page?

  • 2. Peter Bromberg  |  February 26, 2009 at 10:44 am


    Thanks for the heads up. The link is busted on ALA’s side. I just sent them a message so hopefully it will be fixed soon.

  • 4. Robert J. Lackie  |  February 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Sorry about the link error messages earlier, as ALA took down the core competences docs for a short time to correct some language. Everything is back up and running!

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