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Professional Knowledge & Skills Base

The Professional Knowledge and Skills base

What is the PKSB?

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) is a valuable career development tool, developed specially for our members. You can use the PKSB to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses, find career opportunities that are suited to you and help you (and your employer) identify areas to focus your professional development on to help your career progress.

At the heart of the PKSB is a set of ethics and values which a range of generic skills and professional expertise are built around.


How the PKSB works for you

As an individual

The PKSB reflects the diversity of experience and skills within the library and information sector. Your knowledge and skills vary according to which part of the profession you work in, your organisation and your specific role and you can readily adapt the PKSB to reflect your current and future career. This means focusing on the skills and expertise in the PKSB that are critical to your current and future roles and ignoring areas that do not impact on your current or future roles.

You can use the PKSB as a framework for identifying any skills gaps to help you plan and develop for your career.

If you’re looking for a new role, the PKSB provides you with a map to identify your strengths and help you build a more effective .
As an employer

The PKSB provides an important tool for employers committed to developing their staff, enabling the identification of skills and knowledge gaps within an organisation and providing a framework for staff training and development plans. If you’d like a hand using the PSKB for staff development, or would like to book a light training needs analysis for your organisation, contact the Employer Partner team who’ll be happy to help.

Using the online tool

PKSB for Health

CILIP and Health Education England have developed a specialised version of the PKSB that’s tailored to the specific needs of the library and knowledge workforce in the health sector.

The PKSB for Health outlines the broad range of skills required by librarians, information and knowledge professionals working in the health sector with the addition of relevant examples.

Accessing the PKSB for Health

CILIP members can download the PKSB for Health which can be used either independently or in conjunction with the online PKSB. Non-members working for the NHS can access the interactive PDF from the NHS Library & Knowledge Service

How do I address my skills gaps?


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Impact toolkit

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Virtual Learning Environment

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