In 2016 the Lis-Bibliometrics Forum commissioned the development of a set of bibliometric competencies. The work, sponsored by a small research grant from Elsevier Research Intelligence Division, was led by Dr Andrew Cox at the University of Sheffield, and Dr Sabrina Petersohn of the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. The aim of the competency statements was to ensure that bibliometric practitioners were equipped to do their work responsibly and well. In particular, it was intended that the competencies should:
- help individuals to assess their own bibliometric skills and identify training needs to fill the gaps in their knowledge;
- help organisations to develop training programmes and support their staff in developing the necessary bibliometric skills;
- help Information Schools plan programmes of study to ensure tomorrow’s information professionals have the necessary bibliometric skills.
The work underpinning the paper is available here. It is intended that the competencies are a living document and will be reviewed over time. Feedback is very welcome via the comments box below, or the Lis-Bibliometrics discussion forum.