Value of trained information professionals

Library, Information and Knowledge professionals make a significant contribution to the overall aims of the organisations that they serve. And yet, their skill set is often over-looked and this contribution is under-valued.

In 2015, CILIP commissioned the University of Salford to undertake a piece of research to identify what evidence exists to support the employment of trained and professionally registered library, information and knowledge professionals.

The research identifies that:

Public library and information professionals contribute to:

  • A good return on investment (between 1:4 and 1:5)

  • Helping people improve their education, health, employment prospects and their sense of belonging to a community

  • Improved attitudes to reading and potentially improving reading ability

Schools library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved student achievement

  • Positive pupil engagement

  • Improved reading skills

  • Facilitating student learning

Academic library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved retention

  • Better grades or degrees

  • Improved skills for coursework, assessments or research

  • Better research, researchers and research achievement

  • A good return on investment for the University

Health library and information professionals contribute to:

  • Improved clinical decision making

  • Improving patient centred care

  • Aiding risk management & safety

  • Health service development or delivery

  • Helping to demonstrate efficiency/cost-effectiveness (including saving health professionals time)

  • Assisting healthcare professionals in pursuit of CPD