The Professional Development Cycle - Central Banking Training


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In an age when researchers have a wealth of information at their fingertips via the internet, librarians need to show that their services are still valuable. Facilitating access to digital services, such as online databases and digital journal stores, may require librarians to acquire new skills, re-train and adapt their workflow. In this interactive workshop, the group will consider the new professional skills and competencies which librarians can benefit from, and discuss ways to plan, prioritise, participate in, record and reflect on professional development activities. Delegates will leave the session with ideas for developing new skills and competencies, and tools and techniques to support them.

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The Professional Development Cycle - Central Banking Training

  1. 1. Professional Development Cycle: Expanding competencies and skills for the role of the librarian in digital access Jo Alcock Evidence Base
  2. 2. About me Evidence Based Researcher, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University Internal research (e.g. surveys, focus groups) External research (e.g. project evaluation, user engagement) Training workshops (e.g. research skills, project management, improving productivity) CILIP Future Skills Project Worker (part time secondment in 2013) Professional Registration (Chartership and Revalidation)
  3. 3. Learning outcomes By the end of this session, participants will: Have considered competencies and skills relevant for librarians in the digital age Be aware of tools and techniques to support professional development planning and prioritisation Be able to consider a wide range of different types of professional development opportunities Know methods of recording and reflecting on professional development
  4. 4. Competencies and skills Librarian competencies and skills in the digital age
  5. 5. CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB)
  6. 6. Library, information and knowledge technologies (12.2) Social media and collaborative tools (12.4) Digitisation (6.5) Data analytics (3.4) Digital literacy (8.3) Service innovation, development and design (11.4) Communicating with stakeholders (11.2) Strategic marketing (11.1) Demonstrating value (9.4) Networking skills (12.6) CILIP PKSB
  7. 7. As our environment changes so frequently, continuing professional development helps ensure our skills and knowledge remain relevant.
  8. 8. Professional Development Cycle
  9. 9. Self analysis Understanding your current skills and knowledge and considering where to improve
  10. 10. SWOT analysis Reflect on your own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  11. 11. Current CV and profiles Analysing your current situation in terms of skills and experience
  12. 12. Job role analysis Reflect on skills and knowledge required for current or future job roles and identify areas for development
  13. 13. CILIP PKSB Reflect on skills and knowledge required within profession and identify areas for development
  14. 14. Development planning Planning areas and activities to support professional development
  15. 15. Regularly updated plan including areas for development, planned activities, intended outcome, and timescale Development plan
  16. 16. Prioritising opportunities Identifying the professional development opportunities with most potential benefit
  17. 17. Alignment with development priorities Will it develop skills or knowledge that is a priority for you at the moment? Could it enable you to develop skills or knowledge that could be of use to you in future?
  18. 18. Benefits Benefits for you Developing skills Improving knowledge Broadening connections Benefits for your employer Enhance job performance Improved job satisfaction
  19. 19. Your learning style Does the activity suit your learning preferences? Activist Pragmatist Theorist Reflector Honey and Mumford’s Learning Styles
  20. 20. Practicalities Is the time commitment appropriate? Is location suitable? Are there any personal circumstances that may prevent you from participating?
  21. 21. Participating in activities Making the most of your professional development activities
  22. 22. Before Plan what you hope to get out of each activity: Increased understanding? Skill development? Broader network?
  23. 23. During Make notes: Handwritten Typed Visual notes Recorded Review after event to ensure complete and accurate
  24. 24. After Make sure you keep a record of your notes somewhere (you may want to digitise for easy location in future) Share with colleagues Share with peers (social media, blogs)
  25. 25. Recording and reflecting Keeping information up-to-date about the activities and what you have learnt
  26. 26. Recording activities Desktop document (can use Dropbox to ensure access from multiple locations/ devices) Online document (e.g. Google Drive) Online services iDoneThis CILIP Portfolio
  27. 27. Reflecting on activities What have you learnt? How can you apply this in future? Any follow-up actions? Models of reflection What? So what? Now what? More on CPD23 Reflective Practice blog post
  28. 28. Professional Development Cycle
  29. 29. Any questions? Jo Alcock @joeyanne