The Role of Core Competencies

Organizations sometimes declare that certain skills, abilities and knowledge are universally important throughout the organization and, therefore, deemed to be core competencies. This means that everyone in the organization, regardless of position, needs to achieve competence in these areas.  Within the SOLS Competencies Index, the Personal/Interpersonal category and the Technology Core Competencies skill set are recommended as worthy candidates for core competencies. However, it is ultimately a local decision and, therefore, up to each library’s management to determine which core competencies will best advance the library in achieving its mission and vision.   

Core competencies do not automatically become learning priorities for all staff, as some staff will inevitably already be competent. Which core competencies you need to develop is an important conversation to have with your manager or supervisor. 

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