Developing scales for identifying and classifying library and information science skills and competencies: An Israeli perspective

Jenny Bronstein, Ora Nebenzahl

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The purpose of this study is to present the development of a skills and competencies scale for LIS professionals. Scales for the identification and classification of the skills and competencies needed to work in the library and information science profession can contribute to the development of academic and professional programs. This empirical survey was conducted in Israel among members of two library and information science listservs. The final sample included 183 valid questionnaires. The study tested the viability of a typology comprised of 46 skills and competencies as items in multi-items scales. Factor analysis and Cronbach’s Alpha were utilized in performing the analysis that resulted in four clusters: technology skills, information skills, personal competencies and traditional librarianship skills and show that 25 out of 46 original skills contribute to the explanation of 44% of the total variance. The study contributes to the literature on the subject by proposing updated scales that examine practitioners’ views and opinions of which skills and competencies they needed in information work. The typology that resulted from the study ascertains that, regardless of the rapid changes that the profession has confronted in the last decades, the skills that have been at the core of the profession are still relevant alongside technological skills related to online environments such as website development and management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Competencies
  • librarians
  • skills
  • surveys

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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