When I first saw it in 2004 I found it very hard to understand. Visually I found it hard to relate the description with the diagram of the core schema because of the way they had chosen to emphasise certain words. Some were in italics, some were in bold and there is no clear connection between how these are chosen and the key words/phrases from the diagram. Having studied it since during my chartership, and again now, I find it easier to comprehend. However, when the first question of the consultation survey asked "What does the current BPK mean to you?" I'm afraid I ticked "hard to understand". As a general overview of the areas involved within the profession it's not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone new who wanted to see at a glance what knowledge and skill-set is required.
The second question in the survey asks "What are you looking for from CILIP BPK?" The existing BPK identifies the following areas of knowledge:
- information organisation, e.g. classification schemes, taxonomies and subject indexing
- information dissemination through publishing
- information generation controlled by information need and user behaviour and facilitated by operations such as metadata, hyperlinks, abstracts, tags, etc.
- information resource management including acquisition, cataloguing, storage and disposal
- information service provision including information retrieval and portal/website design
- profession-related policies, laws, codes of practice, etc.
- generic/transferable skills of computer and information literacy, research, interpersonal skills, marketing, management, training and mentoring