Level 1: Assistant in information services
An individual who assumes to have the qualification of an “assistant in information services” has had some training, by whatever means. First, he/she must recognise the code of practices (methods, standards, etc.), or at least that these standards exist, and he/she can cite them.
He/she knows how to execute one or several tasks that he/she is especially prepared for by dutifully applying the rules that he/she has learned. He/she works under the responsibility of another, more qualified professional. He/she is often part of a team in which a manager defines his/her responsibilities and modifies them as necessary. He/she may find him/herself to be the only information professional in a group exercising another profession (e.g. lawyers, doctors, researchers), and is, in this case, autonomous.
He/she knows how to use basic equipment correctly.
He/she knows how to recognise a characteristic malfunction and to determine in which case an external specialist should intervene.
He/she demonstrates limited professional competencies that, according to the scale provided in the Euroguide LIS, Volume 1, can reach:
level one in each field of the Information (I) group. Nevertheless, it is possible to compensate the weaknesses
found in one or several fields by attaining a higher level of competence in one or several of the other fields in the group.
level one in 10 (of the 20) fields in groups T, C and M, under the condition that he/she achieve level 1 in at
least two of the fields of expertise from each group.
professional practice. Those that are most appreciated at his/her level of qualification seem to be adaptability, « an enquiring mind » and perseverance. These are difficult to measure, but an appropriate interview, conducted with experienced professionals, should allow them to manifest themselves.