[kids-lib] Updated competencies for children's librarians

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Sep 8 11:46:24 PDT 2009

The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) has revised the competencies for librarians serving children 0-14 years old in public libraries.  You may want to use these competencies to update children's librarians' job descriptions, and to identify areas for professional development for children's library staff over the next few years. 
Below is a blog post from the ALSC website that gives an excellent overview of the competencies.  To read the competencies, visit the ALSC website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/edcareeers/alsccorecomps/index.cfm.
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
 Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries
Effective library service for children entails a broad range of experience and professional skills. The Competencies seek to define the role of the librarian serving children. Use the Competencies to develop job descriptions for your open positions or as a training resource with your youth services staff.
These competencies are further explained on the ALSC Web Site -> Education & Careers -> Core Competencies: 
Knowledge of Client Group 
Administrative and Management Skills 
Communication Skills 
Knowledge of Materials 
User and Reference Services 
Programming Skills 
Advocacy, Public Relations, and Networking Skills 
Professionalism and Professional Development 
The Core Competencies document was created by the ALSC Education Committee, 1999. It was revised by the ALSC Education Committee, 2009, and approved by the ALSC Board of Directors at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference.
Posted by Teresa Walls
Saturday, September 5th, 2009 at 8:00 pm
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