Ed Chamberlain’s detailed explanation as to why he has opted out of CILIP membership raises some vital points about both our profession and professional association. One point that particularly resonated with me was the lack of recognition of and training opportunities around core skills that are becoming increasingly technical. Yes, more and more librarians are finding coding to be part of their work. And this is not just limited to a bit of HTML to update the library website. It can (and often does) include dealing with datasets, mashups, SQL, XML and systems administration. This is just a few and I’d be interested to hear what other people see as core technical skills for librarians.