National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) : one route to improve the status of women in libraries?

Sandra Parker, Catherine Hare, Pat Gannon-Leary

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This chapter discusses the potential of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) to improve the status of women in Great Britain. The first section introduces NVQs and provides historical background. The second section addresses the question: What is an SVQ or NVQ, and what is involved in getting one? Mandatory and optional NVQ units for information and library staff are listed. The third section considers the benefits to women, including the ability to meet qualifications on the job, flexibility, exemptions for existing skills, costs, and career progression and development. The third section covers disadvantages, including jargon and complex language in the standards, time consuming requirements, and the lack of underlying theory
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Issues at IFLA: Equality, Gender, and Information on Agenda: Papers from the Programs of the Round Table on Women's Issues at IFLA Annual Conferences 1993-2002
EditorsLeena Siitonen
PublisherSaur (Munich)
Number of pages244
ISBN (Print)9783598218361
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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