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Rebooting the guidelines for the education of library technicians

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library technicians, library technician education, core competencies, LIS competencies, diploma programs, library programs

Abstract (summary)

The Canadian Federation of Library Association’s (CFLA-FCAB) Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians were last updated in 2011 and in need of a reboot. These guidelines have helped to establish a national standard for the education of library technicians in Canada and provided a framework for the development of skills, knowledge, and abilities of library technicians to provide job-ready, and highly skilled graduates. As much has changed in the library and information landscape in recent years, we instigated a substantial update to the Guidelines in 2021. The update was completed and approved by the CFLA-FCAB in July 2022 and is a guide for library educators, library administrators, supervisors, and practitioners. This paper details the research process undertaken to update the Guidelines that reflect the core competencies of library technicians in Canada.

Publication Information

Erickson, N., & Shamchuk, L. (2023). Rebooting the guidelines for the education of library technicians [Featured article]. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 18(1), 1-8.


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Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)