As you know competencies and education and training for librarians, including health librarians, is a topic of growing interest and concern. Below are some recent developments HSLG members may be interested in. Kate Kelly (Director of Library Services, RCSI) was a member of the task force to review and update the competencies and HSLG EAHIL, UHMLG and CILIP representatives were invited to provide feedback to the task force.
- The US Medical Library Association has updated “Competencies for Life-Long Learning and Professional Success” which defines competencies and performance indicators for health information professionals. This is now available on MLAnet http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=1217 . From May 15 a free self-assessment tool will also be available on MLAnet. Kate Kelly (RSCI
- The Spring Forum of the University Health & Medical Librarians Group focused on knowledge, skills and competencies and the presentations are available at https://uhmlg.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/spring-forum-2017-tooling-up-knowledge-skills-competencies/ the Summer Forum will follow up on some of this, programme coming soon.
- LAI members will be aware that LAI licensed CILIP’s PKSB (Professional Knowledge and Skills Base) as a benefit to LAI members. A PKSB for Health is also available to CILIP members.