Thursday, April 20, 2006

Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians

There is a call for comments on a draft document on Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators, created by the ACRL Instruction Section's Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians Task Force. "It is the Task Force's hope that these proficiencies will assist academic libraries to clearly define responsibilities and to provide training for librarians who teach and coordinate instructional services. "

The deadline for comments is soon (April 26th 2006) and I'm not sure that they want comments from outside the USA, but it's interesting to have a look at the document anyway. I haven't got time to look at it properly at the moment so I can't make a real judgement. As a rule, I'm a bit iffy about lists of proficiencies skills ... (on the one hand I can see how they can be useful for job descriptions etc., on the other they can make "all skills seem equal" and also make it seem like everything is about "proficiencies"). Anyway, judge for yourself at

Photo by Sheila Webber: Daffodil, Hailsham, April 2006.

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