Information officer

Information officers work in a variety of organisations including academic, commercial, government, health and law. There will be a strong emphasis on research skills and information sourcing and the ability to repackage information in ways that are accessible to the end user.

Job titles can vary slightly and information officers might also be called amongst other things information managers, information advisors, information scientists or information specialists.


  • An accredited library and information qualification is usually required
  • Chartered Membership of CILIP (MCLIP) is advantageous in demonstrating an ongoing engagement with the profession.

  • Subject specific knowledge may be necessary for the sector (law, medical, science)


  • Ability to develop and deliver information skills training and materials to a variety of audiences
  • Excellent IT and information searching skills to include creating and searching databases or managing the content of internets and intranets, etc
  • Research skills
  • Ability to work accurately with attention to detail
  • A willingness to keep up to date with advances in technology and social media
  • Experience of reference and information work would be beneficial
  • Knowledge of current print and online information relevant to sector
  • Team working skills
  • Ability to prioritise with good time management skills
  • Excellent organisational, planning and problem solving skills
  • Good communication skills with the ability to absorb information from others and take account of other views
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Supervisory skills could be beneficial
  • Knowledge of web authoring tools could be beneficial
  • Commitment to own professional development

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