(15 July 2016) COAR explains that the aim of this task force is to produce a number of competency profiles that will help to build capacity in libraries for supporting new roles in the area of scholarly communication and e-research. The profiles will enable library managers to identify skill gaps in their institution, form the basis of job descriptions, enable professionals to carry out self-assessments, and act as a foundation for the development of training programs for librarians and library professionals. In addition, the toolkit will provide an outline of new organizational models that are evolving in this dynamic environment.
COAR has announced the publication of several profiles in June 2016:
Time to Adopt: Librarians’ New Skills and Competency Profiles
Librarians’ Competencies for Research Data Management
Librarians’ Competencies for Scholarly Communication and Open Access
Librarians’ Competencies for Digital Humanities (coming soon)
They are produced by a Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication comprising The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and COAR.
The full text of the profiles can be downloaded here.