May 17, 2022

Research Article: “Core Knowledge and Specialized Skills in Academic Libraries”

The following article was published today by College & Research Libraries.


Core Knowledge and Specialized Skills in Academic Libraries


Laura Saunders
Simmons University


College & Research Libraries
Vol. 81, No. 2
DOI: 10.5860/crl.81.2.288


Academic libraries are challenged to keep pace with major changes and trends in the fields of library and information science and higher education generally. Through a nationwide survey of information professionals and LIS faculty, this study explores the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) currently in demand for academic librarians and compares them to those expected of information professionals in other areas of the field.

The results show a strong emphasis on interpersonal and communication skills as well as certain domain knowledge. The results also suggest some significant differences between expectations for academic librarians compared to other information professionals.

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