Outline of talk
– Quick introduction
– What is CPD?
– Some ideas about portfolios
– Feedback on how you are using portfolios
– Committee member of A&SL section of LAI
– My own background as a solo librarian
– Research into CPD for one-person librarians:
– How do people experience CPD?
– What kind of CPD are they engaged in?
A new model of understanding
Upskilling for the sake of the organisation/library service (service orientation)
Developing as a professional librarian (LIS profession orientation)
Helping you to do all the jobs an OPL does (OPL orientation)
When you have learned something and you want to do things in a better way when
you come back (personal orientation)
Your development as a human being (lifelong learning orientation)
Formal (academic) courses, training and workshops
Visiting another library/Shadowing another professional
Reading something on your smartphone on the way home: blog, article
Spending time in the local museum and coming back with new ideas
Meeting other librarians/professionals and exchanging ideas
Reading newsletters from vendors, booksellers
Doing a MOOC or attending a webinar
Being involved in committees: work, your local GAA club, tenants’ association
Teaching someone a new skill
ON THE JOB LEARNING!
CPD you can do!
– As this research has shown, not only formal opportunities count
– Some things don’t cost any money
– Some CPD activities don’t need your manager’s approval
CPD is all kind of learning!
Hornung, E. (2015). Continuing professional development of one-person
librarians in Ireland: A Qualitative Study. Literacy Information and Computer
Education Journal (LICEJ), 6(3), 1950-1955. Retrieved from: http://infonomics-
Owen, K., & Watson, M. (eds) (2015). Building your portfolio: The CILIP guide.
3rd edition. London: Facet Publishing.