Core Competences

The Core Competences of Librarianship define the knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from  ALA-accredited master’s programs in library and information studies.  The Presidential Task Force on Library Education has gathered together the drafts of the Core Competences resulting from the work of various bodies in response to the first Congress on Professional Education and, following extensive consultation and redrafting, presented them in the current form to the Executive Board , who approved them at their fall 2008 meeting.  The final statement was approved and adopted as policy by the ALA  Council  on January 27, 2009 during the 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.  To review the statement, please see the links below:

Final Core Competences Statement – January 2009 (opens in new window)

If you have questions about the status of this document, you may contact:

Lorelle R. Swader, MLS, CAE, IOM, CDF
Interim Associate Executive Director (AED)
Human Resources and Organizational Development
Associate Executive Director (AED)
ALA Offices & Member Relations (AOMR)
ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)

For information within specialty areas, there is also a list of statements of knowledge and competencies developed by relevant professional organizations, developed by the ALA Office for Accreditation.