Monday, April 04, 2011

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Whose Responsibility?

Whose Responsibility is continuing Professional Development – Mine, Theirs, or Ours?
by Julia Leong

Engaging in continuing professional development (CPD) is an essential priority for library and information science (LIS) professionals (IFLA 2010).

CPD encompasses induction to your job, ongoing skills development relevant to work tasks, formal study and training courses, and a myriad of developmental opportunities such as discussions with colleagues and updates on organizational policies and procedures. In addition, it means such things as developing organizational savvy, understanding new technologies, building innovative capacity, strengthening or changing attitudes regarding shouldering responsibility and taking accountability, preparing for new challenges or new directions, and, in some contexts, developing research, writing and presentation skills.

The IFLA (2010) website information for the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section states the need for:
associations and institutions to be ‘learning organisations’ and develop their staff by providing opportunities for continuing professional development and training in the workplace; and for individuals to be responsible for their own career planning and development.

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