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I recently completed a skills audit for the Special Collections Assistant post at the University of Bradford.  As the only other permanent staff member in Special Collections, the Assistant plays a vital role, particularly in working with readers, carrying out preservation routines, managing our disaster control supplies, and reprographics.

We came up with over 140 different skills!  Other than interpersonal skills and generic IT stuff, most of the skills we identified are unique to Special Collections in our institution.  It is good to have mapped these skills in detail, not only to help manage the current staff member’s training, but when dealing with future staff and volunteers.

I am happy to share the audit template with anyone who would like to use it, and would be  interested to see others for assistant posts or any Special Collections roles.

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