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Value of trained information professionals

Value of trained information professionals

Library, Information and Knowledge professionals make a significant contribution to the overall aims of the organisations that they serve. And yet, their skill set is often over-looked and this contribution is under-valued.

In 2015, CILIP commissioned the University of Salford to undertake a piece of research to identify what evidence exists to support the employment of trained and professionally registered library, information and knowledge professionals.

The research identifies that:

Public library and information professionals contribute to:

  • A good return on investment (between 1:4 and 1:5)
  • Helping people improve their education, health, employment prospects and their sense of belonging to a community
  • Improved attitudes to reading and potentially improving reading ability

Schools library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved student achievement
  • Positive pupil engagement
  • Improved reading skills
  • Facilitating student learning

Academic library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved retention
  • Better grades or degrees
  • Improved skills for coursework, assessments or research
  • Better research, researchers and research achievement
  • A good return on investment for the University

Health library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved clinical decision making
  • Improving patient centred care
  • Aiding risk management & safety
  • Health service development or delivery
  • Helping to demonstrate efficiency/cost-effectiveness (including saving health professionals time)
  • Assisting healthcare professionals in pursuit of CPD

Downloads

The value of trained library and information professionals (executive summary)

What evidence is there to support the employment of trained and professionally registered library, information and knowledge workers? (full report)

Contribution of public librarians (infographic)

Contribution of school librarians (infographic)

Contribution of academic librarians (infographic)

Contribution of health librarians (infographic)

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