What do you think about having a set of competencies for assessment librarians? The ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee wants to know with this survey. It’s only a few questions, but it does take some time to think of the best responses. Take a look and let them know what you think of the idea…then share it here!
Me? Well, here are the skills I thought of:
- Understanding the parent institution’s mission, goals, strategic planning.
- Communicating the value of the library to the stakeholders.
- Research methods of all kinds.
- Statistical analysis.
- Project management.
- Grant writing skills.
And as far as advantages of having such a guidelines, I thought that they would be useful in:
- Designing graduate level certification and courses.
- Articulating a set of requirements for assessment positions.
- Better understanding of job expectations.
But the only disadvantage I could think of at this time was that it could limit innovation in the field.
What do you think?