LIS professional competency index for the higher education sector in South Africa

Authors

Jaya Raju, Assoc. Prof.
University of Cape Town
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7836-9826

Synopsis

This first iteration of a library and information services (LIS) professional competency index was a targeted outcome of a three-year National Research Foundation (NRF)-funded research project with the objective of developing a national LIS professional competency index for the higher education sector in South Africa to be used by: i) LIS employers and employees for practical purposes (to benchmark existing competencies and to ascertain the need for further knowledge and skills acquisition); ii) LIS educators (for curriculum development purposes); iii) LIS researchers (as a basis for further research, both theoretical and empirical,  in the area of workplace competency exigencies); and, iv) the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) in its oversight of LIS education and training in the country. Research activities which contributed to the compilation included: intensive reviewing of literature; data collection from LIS professional practitioners via semi-structured interviews as well as a national online questionnaire survey of all academic libraries in South Africa and content analysis of over a 100 academic library professional position job advertisements for the period 2014-2016; the use of both quantitative and qualitative philosophical assumptions in the study; and, the use of theories  such as the Core Competency Theory (Selznick 1957), Chaos of Disciplines Theory (Abbott 2001) and the Concept of Disruptive Innovation (Shank & Bell 2011) to inform different aspects of the mixed methods study. The research on which this index is based establishes that a blend of discipline-specific, generic and personal competencies are required of the modern LIS professional practising in a higher education library in the digital age. The index unpacks these competencies.

Chapters

  • Front matter
  • Introduction and background
  • Discipline-specific competencies
  • Generic competencies
  • Personal attributes
  • References
  • Full monograph - LIS professional competency index

Author Biography

Jaya Raju, Assoc. Prof., University of Cape Town

Jaya Raju is Associate Professor and Head of the Library and Information Studies Centre at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in Information Studies from the former University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal). She has researched and written extensively in the area of LIS education and work place competency requirements. She is an NRF rated researcher.

 

Publisher: University of Cape Town Libraries, UCT

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Details about this monograph

ISBN-13 (15)
978-0-7992-2536-5
DOI (06)
http://dx.doi.org/10.15641/0-7992-2536-5