ERIC Number: ED316260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
An Extraction from the King Report of Entry-Level Competencies Needed by Library and Information Science Professionals.
VanMeter, Vandelia L.
The knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of library and information professionals were the focus of a major study that culminated in a work entitled "New Directions in Library and Information Science Education" (1986), commonly called the King Report. This study resulted in the identification of sets of competencies in knowledge, skill, and attitudes that are expected of entry-level and advanced professionals who work in various settings and have various responsibilities in the field of library and information studies. Generic competencies expected across all work settings regardless of specific responsibilities were also identified. For this paper, the recommendations for entry-level professionals who work in various settings and have various responsibilities were extracted and compiled into easily accessible tables. Table 1 presents statistics on knowledge--e.g., alternative approaches to organizing information--expected in academic libraries, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries, information centers, and by database producers. Generic competencies are also noted. Table 2 features knowledge competencies validated as essential for entry level professionals who perform specific functions--e.g., acquisitions--regardless of the work setting. Skills expected to be demonstrated by entry level workers--e.g., anticipating long-range needs of the organization and its users--are presented in Table 3 by professional area. Table 4 displays information about the attitudes--e.g., willingness to take initiative--that are expected across all work settings and responsibilities. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
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