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.

  • Using the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

    The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) can be used to identify development needs and consider continuing professional development opportunities.

  • Resources to support the PKSB

    We support your Continuing Professional Development at all stages of your career.

  • PKSB for Employers

    The PKSB can be used by employers as part of their workforce planning and development.

  • PKSB for Health

    The PKSB for Health outlines the broad range of skills required by librarians, information and knowledge professionals working in health. This version has been enriched with the addition of examples from a health setting throughout.

  • Licensing the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

    The PKSB can also be licenced to other library associations.

  • Access the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base

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