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Competencies for Health Librarians

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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