The Ohio Public Library Core Competencies were initially developed in response to a direct recommendation from the Ohio Library Council's Futures Initiative. Research and compilation was completed by members of OLC's Library Education Committee (LEC).
OLC's LEC completed a yearlong
intense review of the Ohio Public Library Core Competencies in 2014. As part of
the process, the LEC researched core competencies from American Library
Association, Webjunction, and other sources. Additionally,
OLC Divisions and Committees reviewed the competencies and made recommendations
to the LEC. Feedback
received from the OLC Board, Certified Librarians and Library Staff, and
general OLC membership was carefully considered by the LEC.
LEC believes the Core Competencies will be useful in creating job descriptions,
hiring and evaluating staff, and selecting training opportunities that help
staff develop or enhance specific skills and behaviors.
The LEC recommends that public libraries
review these competencies carefully and adapt them to their individual needs
and staff complement.
Complete Core Competencies*
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