We here at WebJunction have been living in the world of competencies for some time now. Not only does our own HR department provide competency statements to use to support performance reviews and individual learning plans, but we also worked to develop and publish a Competencies Index for the Library Field. But beyond these pragmatic details, we are interested in talking with and learning from you about the whys and hows of competencies: Why are competencies useful? How can they be used by job seekers, the currently employed, and by continuous education trainers and human resources departments?
You’ll find a case made for competencies succinctly made by WJ’s Betha Gutsche in this month’s Library Journal, in her article Coping With Continual Motion. We hope this will provide some food for thought.
We’re hosting an informal Party With Competencies event at PLA this Thursday, where we’ll provide some examples of competencies and hear your stories of your encounters with competencies in the library world. And we’ll follow up with a webinar on April 20 to continue the conversation. We hope to see you there.