Big ideas in a shrinking world: Encouraging opportunity and innovation in the workplace
Burke, L., Dazkiw, J. and Sheridan, L. (2006) Big ideas in a shrinking world: Encouraging opportunity and innovation in the workplace. In: Continuing Professional Development Conference 2006: Out of bounds and borders: A trans-Tasman collaboration, 19 - 20 April 2006, Auckland, New Zealand.
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Libraries are an exciting environment in which to work. Developments in information access and technology require members of the profession to actively participate in a variety of ongoing professional development activities. As movement of staff within the library profession is currently more static than previously, professional development resulting from regular job changes is largely lacking and these other professional development activities may be the only source of continuing professional education available, particularly in a regional setting.
The authors manage a diverse group of staff undertaking professional, paraprofessional, clerical and administrative duties. With such a diverse workgroup, professional development needs vary significantly. Staff at regional campuses experience very different professional development opportunities than their colleagues in a metropolitan setting. Meeting the continuing professional development needs of a workforce at different stages in their career cycle is also challenging.
The authors identify issues associated with providing continuing professional education opportunities to a diverse workgroup and explore how these issues can be addressed.
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