Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB)

Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB)

The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) is a valuable career development tool, developed specially for CILIP members. You can use the PKSB to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses, find career opportunities that are suited to you and help you (and your employer) identify areas to focus your professional development on to help your career progress.

The PKSB is currently being reviewed (Summer 2020) to ensure that it continues to reflect the range of skills and knowledge required of knowledge, library and information professionals. A guidance note for those working in the health sector will accompany the revised document.

Until the new document is ready in 2021 you can continue to access the PKSB for Health using your library services website password. CILIP members can also access via the CILIP website.

Who is it for?
  • All library and knowledge staff working in a health setting
  • Employers
  • Prospective health library and knowledge staff
How can it help you?
  • As a self-assessment tool it can help you to plan your personal development and be used as part of the process of gaining professional registration and revalidation by CILIP
  • It can be used to demonstrate your unique skill set to employers and enhance their understanding of the competencies required by library and knowledge staff
  • It can be used to inform role and service redesign, staff training and be used to support staff recruitment and retention
  • It can be used by managers as part of the appraisal and talent management process
  • It will be used to support workforce planning and development at local, regional and national level.