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ALA Requests Input on Its Librarian Learning Objectives Document

ALA announced that it is looking for feedback on its new document, Skills for 21st-Century Librarians: Learning Objectives for Library Programming, which explores next steps for creating a programming curriculum for library workers and students. According to the press release, “Library workers, library school instructors and administrators, students and others are invited to read the report and submit feedback. The public comment period will end August 16.” It goes on to state the following:

Through its Skills for 21st-Century Librarians project, ALA convened a task force of 12 leaders in libraries and library education to explore how library programming skills can be taught in library degree programs and professional development trainings.

Working with Knology, a social science research organization, the task force met virtually from January to June 2021. The result of their discussions are recommendations for learning objectives within nine core library programming competency areas: Organizational Skills, Knowledge of the Community, Interpersonal Skills, Event Planning, Creativity, Content Knowledge, Outreach and Marketing, Financial Skills and Evaluation.

For more information, read the press release.

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