LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table)

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The mission of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is to provide a forum for discussion of activities, programs, and problems of instruction in the use of libraries; to contribute to the education and training of librarians for library instruction; to promote instruction in the use of libraries as an essential library service, and to serve as a channel of communication on library instruction between the ALA divisions, ALA and ACRL committees, state clearinghouses, Project LOEX, other organizations concerned with instruction in the use of libraries, and members of the Association.

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Input on Proposed ALA Core Competences Sought

  • 1.  Input on Proposed ALA Core Competences Sought

    Posted Nov 04, 2021 08:36 PM

    ALA's Committee on Education (COE) is pleased to invite the library and information science (LIS) community to provide feedback on the 2021 draft of Core Competences. Since 2017, ALA's COE has been updating the 2009 Statement of ALA's Core Competences in response to multiple recommendations from the Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation and an action request from the ALA Executive Board.

    The ALA Core Competences (ALACCs) are not intended as a prescriptive document for library school curriculum development, but can be used to inform the curriculum. Early career library professionals may view the ALACCs as a list of goals that they should aim to achieve through their LIS education and early years of on-the-job experience.

    Members of library management should view the document not as a list of expectations for new hires, but instead as a set of skills that they can support their employees in developing. We are broadly seeking input as we hope this Statement of Core Competences will have relevance for a variety of audiences. Please share this email with your colleagues--we want and need as much feedback as possible!

    The link provided leads to the website which contains the current draft document and a feedback form where you may provide any input you think will help lead to a stronger set of competences:

    Many thanks in advance for sharing your feedback!  

    Victor Baeza
    Library Graduate Initiatives and Engagement
    Oklahoma State University