In hopes of assisting libraries in providing tools for staff professional development, Gale has compiled a list of eBook titles using the nomenclature compiled by WebJunction for the 2014 Competency Index, and bundled them by competency.
The eBooks are from 4 leading publishing partners, focused specifically on library professional development topics and can provide an affordable self-directed option for staff looking to build or advance their skills. By creating a sub-collection within GVRL, staff will enjoy simultaneous access, article-level indexing, PDF options, highlighting and notes and flexibility.
The 2014 Competency Index was compiled by WebJunction and delivered to the community by OCLC. Input from a number of library practitioners, leaders and organizations was gathered and reviewed by subject matter experts. This index is endorsed by ALA.
You may read the full Index here, but in summary there are 5 overarching competency areas, as well as sub-topics/skills areas supporting each.
- Essential Library Competencies: These competencies are the underpinning of all of the other sections of the Competency Index. Core technology skills and strong interpersonal skills are fundamental for everyone who works in a library in any position. Librarians and library staff who possess all of these qualities will build a vibrant and relevant library. Personal/Interpersonal Competencies are key In most situations in life, where your effectiveness is enhanced by clear communication, strong relationships, ethical behavior and the flexibility to be a leader, team player and lifelong learner.
- Library Collection Competencies: Library collections exist to meet the diverse lifelong learning needs of their users and communities. Laws and policies guide practice. Efficient workflows and practices help provide organized and expedient access.
- Library Management Competencies: Today’s organizational cultures are less traditionally hierarchical in structure and focus more on collaboration and empowerment. Library directors and leaders manage traditional responsibilities like finances and facilities, but must also be excellent communicators who inspire others and act with the larger community in mind.
- Public Services Competencies: All of the services that interface directly with the library’s users come together under the heading of public services. These frontline staff anticipate and meet the needs of users in the most visible way. Fully supported by all of the other sectors and departments, they work to provide the best possible programs and services to the library community.
- Technology Competencies: Systems and IT: Technology is now ubiquitous in libraries and IT intersects with all departments. Depending on the size and type of library, there may be strict divisions between the responsibilities of IT staff and other library staff, or the line may be more indistinct as it is for “accidental” systems librarians in small libraries. Certain IT functions may be handled by consultants, too.
About the Titles
This package includes more than 100 2012-14 titles across 4 leading publishers—all current. 60 of the titles are copyright year 2014.
- Chandos Publishing: An imprint of Elsevier, Chandos Publishing is a leading publisher in library and information science and social science, producing books combining theory and practice into high-value resources. Chandos represents more than ½ the total package and has titles covering everything from leadership to social media marketing.
- Information Today: Information Today, Inc. is the publisher of several Internet and Technology magazines, newsletters and books all geared toward the library, information & knowledge management community. Available in this package are a dozen eBooks including titles like Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career, The Accidental Systems Librarian, The Cybrarian’s Web, and more.
- Libraries Unlimited: An imprint of ABC-Clio, Libraries Unlimited serves academic, public, school, and special libraries by producing library science textbooks, reference works, practical handbooks, and professional guides designed to help library professionals keep current with leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers.
- Wiley: Wiley is a leading publisher of global research, professional development and education materials. Hand-selected specifically for this collection are titles which can help libraries advance in the areas of marketing and leadership including eBooks such as Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces, The New Rules of Marketing & PR, and Pinterest Marketing: An Hour a Day.
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