Opportunities for professional growth

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lecture presented by Fe Angela M. Verzosa at ALAP’s Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age, held on May 25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo, Laguna

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Opportunities for professional growth

  1. 1. Opportunities for Professional Growth by Fe Angela M. VerzosaSeminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  2. 2. growing into that imageprojecting an image What kind of a librarian are you? Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  3. 3. Why Professional Growth “The librarian is an active intermediary between users and resources. Professional and continuing education of the librarian is indispensable to ensure adequate services.” IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 1994 <http://www.ifla.org/VII/s8/unesco/eng.htm>Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  4. 4. Why Professional Growth “Librarians shall strive to improve, enhance, and upgrade their professional knowledge, skills, and competencies through formal and informal means.” “Librarians shall endeavor to uphold the highest standards in the practice of the profession. They shall adopt and live by this motto: C A N I - Constant and Never-ending Improvement of the quality and standards of professional services.” CODE OF ETHICS FOR LIBRARIANS BFL Resolution No. _06_ Series of 2006Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  5. 5. Why Professional Growth  Librarians commit themselves to professional excellence through continued learning  Professionals commit themselves to a program of continual growth  Librarians commit themselves-organizationally and individually-to lifelong learning and a culture of learning  professional development of librarians is a shared responsibilitySeminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  6. 6. Creating a Culture of LearningCreating a cultureof learning canhelp improve thesharing ofknowledge andskills Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  7. 7. Why Professional Growth  Librarians commit themselves to professional excellence through continued learning  Professionals commit themselves to a program of continual growth  Librarians commit themselves-organizationally and individually-to lifelong learning and a culture of learning  professional development of librarians is a shared responsibilitySeminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  8. 8. Shared by whom? Board for Librarians Library schools Employing agencies or institutions Professional associations Peers Librarians Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  9. 9. To reassert ourselves as a profession of knowledgeable information finding experts, we must take full advantage of all opportunities for continuing education. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  10. 10. Continuing Professional EducationCPE is “Education that takes place once professional qualification is achieved, with the intent of maintaining competence and/or learning new skills” Cited from: Weingand, D. E. (1999,). Describing the elephant: what is continuing professional education. IFLA Journal, 26(3), 198-202. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  11. 11. Continuing Professional Education“The shelf life of a degree is approximately three years and declining. Maintaining competence and learning new skills must be at the top of every professional’s “To Do” list. It is an ethical responsibility, to be sure, but also one that is pragmatic and critical for career success. … Continuing professional education is no longer an option, it is a requirement of professional practice.” Cited from: Weingand, D. E. ibid. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  12. 12. Best practices/principles CPE needs require regular assessment. CPE providers should offer a broad range of learning opportunities in a choice of formats that are designed to meet identified needs. Development of guidelines is necessary to ensure quality CPE activities. There must be consistent documentation and recognition of participation in CPE activities. It is imperative to conduct research/further studies to examine the outcomes of continuing education and staff development programs. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  13. 13. Assessment of training needs Surveys are helpful in determining wants and perceived needs, if not actual needs Job performance appraisal serves as guide to developing a CPE plan or program Focus groups held with representatives of various stakeholders can give a more in- depth picture of needs. Research and studies can develop assessment tools. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  14. 14. Best practices/principles CPE needs require regular assessment. CPE providers should offer a broad range of learning opportunities in a choice of formats that are designed to meet identified needs. Development of guidelines is necessary to ensure quality . There must be consistent documentation and recognition of participation in CPE activities. It is imperative to conduct research/further studies to examine the outcomes of continuing education and staff development programs. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  15. 15. Why should guidelines focus on quality in CPE? CPE program falls short of expectations. CPE program does not respond to learning needs. CPE program is poorly designed and delivered. CPE program is not “job-embedded.” Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  16. 16. Best practices/principles CPE needs require regular assessment. CPE providers should offer a broad range of learning opportunities in a choice of formats that are designed to meet identified needs. Development of guidelines is necessary to ensure quality CPE activities. There must be consistent documentation and recognition of participation in CPE activities. It is imperative to conduct research/further studies to examine the outcomes of continuing education and staff development programs. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  17. 17. To reassert ourselves as a profession of knowledgeable information finding experts, we must take full advantage of all opportunities for continuing education. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  18. 18. What opportunities?What resources are available for professional growth? Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  19. 19. Resources for professional growth Professional associations provide avenues for learning, interaction, professional exchange… Institutional resources offer support –i.e. tuition- waiver, grants, time-off, incentives for funding to encourage attendance to seminars, trainings, active involvement in professional associations, distance education, online education, etc. Library resources – in the form of on the job training, skills enhancement, job rotation, cross- training, mentorship, peer-coaching, self-directed learning and online learning Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  20. 20. Self-directed learningSelf-directed learning issimply defined aslearning that is “informal,self-initiated,independentlyconducted, andintegrated intoindividuals’ daily work” Cited from: Varlejs, J. (1996). Librarians self-directed continuing professional learning. Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin. Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  21. 21. Online (Distance) Learning customized formal instruction (credit-based) online tutorials learning modules (workshop type) webinars PLNs - Personal Learning Network is a self-paced online program offering online mentoring and support Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  22. 22. Seminars/conferencesProfessional meetingsWhat are the avenues that librarians must takein order to develop professionally ? Self-directed learning On-the-job training Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  23. 23. Avenues for professional developmentAside from:ConferencesWorkshopsProfessional meetingsSelf-directed learningOn-the-job TrainingInternships/ Internship/apprenticeshipApprenticeship Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  24. 24. Other opportunities…. Credit Courses Summer Institutes listservs networking professional visits study tours library visits teaching/ mentoring Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  25. 25. Library Grants http://paarl.wikispaces.com/GrantsSeminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  26. 26. How to keep current…Aside fromattending workshops, conferences and seminarsjoining listservs,enrolling in formal classes,and networking, You should read professional literature do research stay active in professional organizations Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  27. 27. Issues in professional development(suggestions for future discussion) Career planning – basic issues Impact of future needs/expectations of our customers or the market change in professional training of librarians Impact of librarian’s work change over the next 5 years? Ten years? Twenty years? Impact of librarians’ professional growth on the profession’s mission to preserve and enhance library practices Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  28. 28. Career Planning – basic questions Is your job your career? If not, Where are you in your career and in your life? What are your life goals, wants, interests, choices, skills? Where do you foresee yourself to be in the future? What are your career options now? What knowledge and skills do you need to attain your goal? How do you plan to attain your knowledge and skills? Is your plan realistic? Are there obstacles? Setbacks? How far is your commitment to attaining your goal? Is it a priority? Personal priority or professional priority? Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  29. 29. Parting words….. “Librarianship” isn’t a job—it’s a vocation. It’s not something you can put away at the end of the day, when you leave the building.  Topher Lawton, blogger We want to define a librarian outside of a degree or a license that certifies we are information professionals. We want to tell the world what a librarian is, not merely by what we do now, or by the degree we hold, but by WHY we do what we do.  Me Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  30. 30. Questions? famverzosa@yahoo.com Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)
  31. 31. Please Remix/Reuse/Share! This presentation may be used for your library ororganization without further request from the author. Please feel free to use it in whole or in part, incorporate it into another presentation, quote from it, snag the images, etc. Acitation to this presentation with a nod to the original author, Fe Angela M. Verzosa, would be greatly appreciated.Seminar on “Evolving Practices in Professional Development and Knowledge Sharing in the Digital Age” (May 23-25, 2012 at Casa San Pablo, San Pablo City, Laguna)

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