During October 2010 the UK sector skills council Lifelong Learning UK will be undertaking a revision of the Information and Library Services, Archives Services and Records Management National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS can be used by individuals to plan their continuing professional development, for volunteer development, by HR departments and managers for the design of recruitment and selection procedures including constructing job descriptions, through to the planning and undertaking of organisational change eg. restructures.
There are currently two suites of NOS for the Information and Library Services, Archive Services and Records Management sector – one aimed at managers and practitioners and a second which is particularly applicable to staff in operational roles. Both can be accessed, along with a very helpful user guide, from http://www.lluk.org/lais-nos.htm. LLUK is now reviewing, revising and aligning both existing sets of NOS, and I am currently part of a working group of employers and expert practitioners on this.
During October 2010 LLUK is seeking feedback from people working in the sector on the revised draft of standards. You can express an interest in joining the working group, complete the electronic survey, or attend one (or more!) of the review events held in each of the four UK nations:
14 October 2010 – Edinburgh (Scotland)
19 October 2010 – Llandrindod Wells (Wales)
22 October 2010 – London (England)
26 October 2010 – Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to take part.
I would encourage all who are able to within the short timescale to engage with the NOS review process so that there are a set of standards that are usable by our professional communities. The NOS are a potentially rich resource for individuals, for employers, and also for the professional in planning and supporting development from delivering training in specific areas to accrediting courses and developing CPD provision.
NB the picture is supposed to suggest people having fun whilst developing themselves, not implying the need to jump through hoops….