May 17, 2022

IFLA Releases “Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices”

From the International Federation of Library Associations:

Just endorsed by the Professional Committee, the IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices are now available on the IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) website.

The guidelines are intended to alert the LIS profession to the importance of investing in the development and maintenance of the expertise of staff. It aims to advise individuals, associations, and institutions in their efforts to assure ongoing learning for a profession that will be well qualified to provide excellent service to its publics.

The audience for these guidelines comprises library and information practitioners, as well as those who are responsible for delivering educational experiences and offering and/or encouraging continuing professional development and workplace learning. While this document focuses mainly on the library context, it applies also to information professionals working outside of traditional environments.

The original quality guidelines were developed with the aid of a small IFLA project grant based on a proposal written by Australians Ann Ritchie and Ian Smith, CPDWL chairs. The grant funded an exhaustive literature search by Rutgers University MLIS student Anne Marie Lyons (2005). That review encompassed a wide range of relevant publications and guidelines from a variety of professions.

The current expanded review seeks not only to update the original, but also to reflect additional international literature.

Direct to Full Text Document: IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices (83 pages; PDF)

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