Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base is your map of the knowledge and skills in the library, information and knowledge professions. Use it as a self-assessment tool for professional development and to demonstrate your unique skill set to employers. It is also a framework for skills analysis, staff training and development plans.

What is the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base?

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) brings the areas of professional and technical expertise together with the generic skills and capabilities required by those in the library, information and knowledge management community. It also encompasses our ethics and values while placing value on the wider context both within the community and beyond.

How to use the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) can be used by both individuals and employers to identify development needs and develop ideas for training and continuing professional development opportunities.

Accessing and licensing the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) is a benefit of CILIP membership. Non-members who wish to access the PKSB can either join CILIP or purchase a single copy for personal use. The PKSB can also be licenced to employers, learning providers and other library associations.

Download the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

CILIP members can download the full Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB).

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