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Can library staff use the professional development framework? by The L2L Team


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The L2L team takes us through the PDF, both what it involves and why it is believed it would be useful for library staff. Then it moves into librarians complex identity and how the tools in the framework allow the understanding of this identity. Finally real life experiences of L2L and its positive effects are mentioned as well.

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Can library staff use the professional development framework? by The L2L Team

  1. 1. Can Library Staff Use the Professional Development Framework? L2L Team AILTA 2018
  2. 2. What is L2L? Library Staff Learning to Support Learners Learning National Forum Funded Project Collaboration of 3 THEA Libraries : DkIT, DIT and IT Carlow
  3. 3. Why Are We Doing It? Shared beliefs about the complex, evolving and ‘moral’ nature of our work as Library Staff who want to support the learning and growth of all our learners Absence of professional development suited to our context.
  4. 4. A Little More on Context The Big Issues we deal with are complicated: Retention Learner Experience Changes in Pedagogy Diversity Expectations Student Centred teaching Impact of New Public Management Information Environment Issues: Commercialisation McDonaldization of Knowledge IReL & Open Access Concentration of Ownership LMS, Retrieval Systems for Learning
  5. 5. And in Our Libraries? Our work in the library has its own unique context: Values Where we are placed in the library Our roles in Learning, curating Experience, prompting Inquiry Our role as Teachers, Academics, Researchers Being a Third Space Professional
  6. 6. Complex Complicated Anticipated and Unanticipated Emerging Unpredictable Our ever evolving professional role
  7. 7. Aren’t the PD Frameworks from the Library World Good Enough?
  8. 8. What the PDF covers Self Seeing our work through the lens of ‘teaching’ Seeing our work as Scholars & Researchers Lifelong/Evolving/Formal/ In-Formal Learning Reflection & Reflection on Action Impact on Learners Including ‘imperfections’ Acknowledging the Complicated Nature of Humans & of Our Work
  9. 9. Competencies? ‘the ability to do something successfully or efficiently.’ Will competency based approaches prompt responses to our context? Qualities & Craft ‘Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake’ Sennett
  10. 10. Tools for studying self Who I am? What I do? Why I do it? Values Life Journey and Autobiography How I learn? Philosophy Library Philosophy Teaching Philosophy Light/Shadow
  11. 11. Identity Crisis Teachers? Imposter Syndrome? Inquiry into identity Impact on Students ‘Swampy Lowlands’ practice Evidence Diversity
  12. 12. Research Action Research – I am a researcher – What I do is worthy of inquiry – I can Inquire into my practice Mc Niff states that “Action research is a term which refers to a practical way of looking at your own work to check that it is as you would like it to be. Because action research is done by you, the practitioner, it is often referred to as practitioner based research; and because it involves you thinking about and reflecting on your work, it can also be called a form of self-reflective practice.”
  13. 13. Reflection Reflection as in revisiting our experience, actively inquiring, persistent exploration and wondering Schon ‘professional artistry’ A Way of being
  14. 14. Benefits of Library Staff using the PDF? • Leadership • Values Based Action • Self Efficacy • Student Learning
  15. 15. What’s Emerging ? My professional identity has also changed. Previous to the project I was reluctant to identify as a teacher. I referred to myself as a librarian who engaged in teaching but who wasn’t a teacher. I feel this was due to my own personal idea of what a teacher was and feeling like an imposter. I now value my existing accredited PD (Professional development), my self-directed learning and experience. I now identify as a teacher within the wider role as a librarian L2L Participant, personal communication, 14th June
  16. 16. What’s Emerging ? In collaboration and conversation engendered by L2L I have found that my experience is a shared one. That Libraries are constructed in the cultures of our organizations in limiting ways and that those limits are in fact power relations. These may be unconscious, they may be historic but they are definitely present in the naming of ‘non’ academics, functional areas etc. Through L2L and the PDF and inquiries into identity, reflection and action research process I now know that I am not alone. I also have a sense of what could change if I change and I will actively pursue this over the remainder of my time (L2L Participant, personal communication, 14th June)
  17. 17. What’s Emerging ? It changed through formal reflection. In the past, I may have reflected but it was informal and undocumented. By actually noting my reflections in my learning log I began to see a pattern in the type of informal PD I was undertaking. Looking at my learning styles through the Honey and Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire also allowed me to formally address the areas I needed to focus more on e.g. theory and pedagogy and reflection. (L2L Participant, personal communication, 14th June)
  18. 18. What’s Emerging ? I have gained confidence in my teaching and when collaborating and liaising with academic staff. (L2L Participant, personal communication, 14th June)
  19. 19. Who and Where Are We? Exist in Living Systems Actors in those systems PDF can make us aware of our contexts in new ways PDF can help us to inquiry, inquire by acting and learning Living Systems evolve
  20. 20. YES! We can.
  21. 21. Thank You