Dear colleagues,    

The ALA Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians ( was released for use by the library community in 2017. Since then, there have been a number of presentations at conferences that have discussed various ways this document has been applied in the profession. There is also anecdotal evidence that the document is being used in library schools, and in various cataloging and metadata departments. However, there is no hard evidence to demonstrate how widely and in what ways the Core Competencies document is being used.    

Therefore, we invite all of you to participate in this brief survey to help us not only ascertain how widely and in what ways the Core Competencies document is currently being used, but also what needs to be changed or added in the next iteration of the document.   

This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete, and no identifying information will be collected. Any identifying information supplied will be excluded from or anonymized in any publication or presentation of the results.   

You can access the survey using this link:

The survey will close on February 14, 2022.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your participation.  



Bruce J. Evans, Baylor University

Jennifer Liss, Indiana University

Maurine McCourry, Hillsdale College

Susan Rathbun-Grubb, University of South Carolina

Elizabeth Shoemaker, Emory University

Karen Snow, Dominican University

Allison R. Yanos, Baylor University