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Competencies for Professional Success


Executive Summary

Professional Competencies for Health Sciences Librarians

1. Understand the health sciences and health care environment and the policies, issues and trends that impact that environment

2. Know and understand the application of leadership, finance, communication, and management theory and techniques

3. Understand the principles and practices related to providing information services to meet users' needs

4. Have the ability to manage health information resources in a broad range of formats

5. Understand and use technology and systems to manage all forms of information

6. Understand curricular design and instruction and have the ability to teach ways to access, organize, and use information

7. Understand scientific research methods and have the ability to critically examine and filter research literature from many related disciplines

Summary Recommendations for Action


  1. Individuals and professional organizations
  2. Health sciences librarians
  3. The Medical Library Association
  4. Employers of health sciences librarians
  5. Library and information science educators
  6. The National Library of Medicine

Health Sciences Librarianship in Context

Continuum of Learning

Personal Attributes that Contribute to Success

Health Sciences Information Knowledge and Skills


Recommendations for Action

General Action Recommendations

Recommendations for Individual Health Information Professional

Recommendations for the Medical Library Association

Recommendations for Employers

Recommendations for Library and Information Science Educators

Recommendations for the National Library of Medicine

Task Force on Educational Policy Statement Revision Charge and Members

Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success: The Educational Policy Statement of the Medical Library Association