CARL is Pleased to Announce the Release of the Final Version of the Competencies for Librarians in Canadian Research Libraries

September 17, 2020. – Reporting to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Strengthening Capacity Committee, the CARL Competencies Working Group (CWG) was struck in the summer of 2017 to refresh the 2010 publication, ‘Core Competencies for 21st Century CARL Librarians.’

This process has been highly consultative – with opportunities for diverse library directors and library staff to provide feedback along the way. Membership on the working group also spans varying levels of

experience, and includes CARL Directors, librarians currently holding managerial responsibilities (department heads or AULs), librarians with 4-10 years of experience currently working in a nonmanagerial capacity, and a newer librarian with less than 4 years experience.

Following the release of a consultation draft in December 2019, the CWG received over 35 responses from the community. Guided by this feedback, the CWG has revised the consultation draft to better reflect the current needs of the profession. The working group is now pleased to present the final version of the Competencies for Librarians in Canadian Research Libraries.

CARL would like to take this opportunity to thank those who took the time to respond to our survey and contribute to this resource. We would also like to thank members of the CWG for their great dedication and hard work during this lengthy and highly consultative process.

It is CARL’s intention to periodically update the document and feedback from the community is welcome. Moving forward, feedback can be sent to Julie Morin () for consideration by CARL’s Strengthening Capacity Committee.


CARL is the voice of Canada’s research libraries. Our members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL enhances its members’ capacity to advance research and higher education; promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation; and advocates for public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.