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Workforce Development

Workforce Development

At CILIP, we believe we’re living in the early days of a society and economy that are being transformed by knowledge, data and information.

Our role is to work with employers, learning providers and the profession to ensure that skilled information professionals are positioned to lead this transformation.

CILIP Workforce Development Strategy 2019-2024

CILIP has worked with industry partners and learning providers to create our Workforce Development Strategy 2019-2024, drawing on our cross-sectoral expertise and insight. The Strategy covers everyone working in knowledge, information, data and librarianship.

Fig 1. Chart showing increased diversification of Information Professional roles

The Workforce Development Strategy sets out our priorities to 2024:

  1. Position the profession as an attractive, accessible and aspirational career choice
  2. Attract, retain and develop diverse talent
  3. Build a future-ready workforce with digital skills
  4. Prioritise diversity, equality, representation and inclusion
  5. Maximise the value of an intergenerational workforce
  6. Embrace ‘leadership at every level’
  7. Connect the supply of skills with changing employer demand
  8. Work in partnership with learning providers to ensure access to skills and CPD
  9. Define a new, inclusive and progressive view of ‘professionalism’ in our sector
  10. Clarify our own regulatory or developmental role

Success criteria

We have defined the following criteria which we will use to evaluate our success in the implementation of this Workforce Development Strategy:

  • The workforce is more diverse and representative of our communities
  • Employers are creating more opportunities for Information Professionals
  • There is greater mobility within and outside the Information Profession
  • Employers are able to recruit and retain people with the right skills and aptitudes
  • Our skillset is recognised and valued
  • More Information Professionals continue to up-skill and retrain to stay ahead of service needs
  • There is a new generation of leaders that have come through the Information Profession
  • There is a sector-wide understanding of professionalism


Public Library Skills Strategy 2018-2030

In 2017, Libraries Connected and CILIP were funded by the Arts Council England to deliver a Public Library Skills Strategy (PLSS), setting out the specific workforce development priorities to deliver a future-facing public library workforce.

The PLSS is being actively implemented through an ongoing partnership between CILIP and Libraries Connected, and periodic updates will be provided on this page.


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