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Level 4: Expert in information services

A professional who assumes to have the qualification of “expert in information services” must first demonstrate all of the understanding and ability that are needed to become a “manager in information services” (see level 3).

On top of this is added a particularly profound understanding and experience of a specialisation (or group of complementary specialisations) in the field of information services that make it possible to evaluate every aspect of a situation, to imagine a solution to a new problem, to invent a methodology and to question the theoretical concepts in the particular field of expertise in question.

His/her experience as expert in the field must be sufficiently varied and proven over a long period.

He/she can perform documentary auditing, complete missions of technical expertise and intervene as a consultant to large institutions or organisations.

He/she takes responsibility and participates in the implementation of solutions that he/she has recommended.

Recognised by peers, he/she shares his experience and frequently uses different means of scientific communication (e.g. professional journals, reports, conferences, etc.) to convey this knowledge. He/she can prove that he/she has contributed such interventions in several different locations.

On the scale of competencies provided in volume 1 of the Euroguide LIS, his/her competencies reach:

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    level 4 in 7 of the fields of expertise in group I and level 3 in the 6 other fields of this group. Nevertheless, it is

possible to compensate for the weaknesses in one or several of the fields by attaining a higher level of competence in one or several of the other fields of the group;

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    level 4 in 13 of the fields (of the 20) in groups T, C and M, under the condition that he/she attain level 4 in at

least two fields of expertise from each group.

His/her aptitudes played a role in the choice of his specialisation. He/she continues to work on developing those aptitudes whose efficiency he/she has recognised in the chosen sector of activity. Whatever this sector is, his/her role at this elevated level of qualification requires him/her to continue to develop generally valued aptitudes such as analytical ability or the ability to synthesize, as well as communication and teaching skills.

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