Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

The Bodies of Knowledge

The Bodies of Knowledge (BoK) identify the different areas of competency for the Library and Information Profession. We've simplified the process by clustering the 11 BOKs into 6 manageable clusters, making the revalidation process less problematic for our members!

Familiarity and practice with each of the 6 clusters of 11 BoKs will ensure New Zealand library professionals have a broad knowledge base and skill set.

The BOKs are used to ensure comprehensive coverage in your revalidation journal, and help library and information professionals stay up to date with the changes in the sector

For an explanation of each of the 11 BoKs, please refer to the Bok wheel at the bottom of this page. Click on an individual BoK cluster for more information:

BOK Cluster 1

BOK Cluster 2

BOK Cluster 3

BOK Cluster 4

BOK Cluster 5

BOK Cluster 6

If you've been asked to map your experience against the BoKs for your Professional Registration application, simply go through each BoK and explain your understanding of it. Remember to use self-reflection and note how you put these skills into practice in your current role or past roles. 

BOK Mapping 101

When we ask you to map your career against the Body of Knowledge, the PR Board is looking for you to go through your study, career, and other experience, and find relevant examples that demonstrate your understanding of each area of the body of knowledge.  Generally we expect a maximum of 250 words against each BOK.

Information about the full Body of knowledge can be found here! This gives some good examples of work experience relating to each area so that you can see the type of examples that might be relevant.

For example – under BOK 1 which is about the information environment, information policy, and ethics you could talk about working within the LIANZA or Te Rōpu Whakahau code  of conduct.  You could potentially go wider and talk about following the current TPP debate and your understanding of the implications of a change to legislation on our copyright environment.  Or you could perhaps discuss how you have supported organisations where you have worked to understand their obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

This then shows that you have experience in each area, and you also understand what each specific area of the Body of Knowledge is about. 

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