Core Competencies

The ALA's Core Competencies of Librarianship were approved and adopted as policy by the ALA Council on January 27, 2009. The document "defines the basic knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from an ALA-accredited master's program in library and information studies. Librarians working in school, academic, public, special, and governmental libraries, and in other contexts will need to possess specialized knowledge beyond that specified here. [...] A person graduating from an ALA-accredited master's program in library and information studies should know and, where appropriate, be able to employ" the following skills. Each of the eight basic competencies has several components that describe the competency in practical terms.

In the following pages, each core competency is mapped to one or more course objectives from the twelve courses that were completed in fulfillment of the M.L.S. program. Specific examples of papers, projects, presentations, and other work products that particularly demonstrate a compentency will be included where appropriate.

1. Foundations of the Profession

2. Information Resources

3. Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information

4. Technological Knowledge and Skills

5. Reference and User Services

6. Research

7. Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

8. Administration and Management