Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success:
The Educational Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association
Personal Attributes That Contribute to Success
Health information professionals function in a demanding environment with highly educated and skilled health care colleagues. Beyond mastering core information knowledge and competencies, the librarian will achieve optimal success when formal education is complemented by other skills and an array of personal characteristics and traits. This blend of skills allows information professionals to apply their formal education, manage operations, collaborate with a wide range of individuals, and exercise leadership in innovation and service excellence.
Because of the tremendous volatility of the health care environment, the continual uncertainty created by rapidly evolving technology, and the continuing evolution of professional roles, health information professionals must tolerate and thrive in a world of unceasing change. The personal characteristics described here are not unique to library or information practice, but form an essential complement to the core areas of professional knowledge and skills delineated in succeeding pages.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2008 September 02