Review the Prof Competncs for Ref and User Svcs Librns
Background & Rationale: Originally approved in 2003, the RUSA Professional Competencies cover issues related to education and professional development, administration, strategic planning, promotion, collection development, reference, resource sharing, assessment and evaluation, and technology, for both reference librarians and librarians involved in other areas of user services.
Charge: The task force should review, revise, and update the Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians available at http://www.ala.org/rusa/resources/guidelines/professional. As part of this work, the task force should look at the activities of user services librarians as well as of reference librarians in the twenty-first century. The update should include newer technologies such as social media and the changing nature of reference duties and user services. The task force should examine the practical application of the competencies and gather input from the RUSA membership throughout the process.
Timeline: Draft of the update by Midwinter 2014 when open forums (both online and face-to-face) can gather input from RUSA membership. Revised draft due by Annual 2014.
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