10 Ways to Keep Up To Date
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is
vital to keep your knowledge up to date with
changing trends and technologies and to
further your career in library and information
1. 1.Talk to your colleagues
Learn from their experiences. This type
of informal learning can happen
spontaneously when you see something
new or interesting happening in your
2. Keep up to date with
current library literature
Try and build time into your day/week
to peruse the latest library publications
and keep up to date with emerging
3. Create and curate social
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedln
are all great ways of keeping up to date
with library developments and also
engaging with other library
4. Visit other libraries
It’s always interesting to see how other
libraries operate and pick up new ways
of doing things.
5. Join a mailing list
There are lots of email lists and
discussion groups in the library and
information field. Pick out some you
might find interesting.
6. Reflective Practice
Using this technique can help you find
new perspectives on how you work and
this could create a change in behaviour,
practice or your thinking.
7. Attend library seminars and
This is a great way of learning about
new practices and meeting colleagues
from different libraries.
8. Think about presenting at a
conference or seminar
Share your expertise with others. We all
benefit from sharing knowledge and this
is an important way to contribute to
Becoming a mentor can help your
communication and personal skills and
help develop leadership qualities.
Check out the website dedicated to the
professional development of library staff
especially those who have a teaching
role within their organisation.
Orla Foley presents ten ways to keep up to date with CPD and tips on how to use each method.