Today, Educopia released its Self-Identified Library, Archives and Museum Professional Development Needs, 2016 Edition report revealing a strong shared desire for continuing education and professional development across these cultural fields. Sixty-nine percent of library, archives and museum (LAM) professionals surveyed indicated having a “high-level” of interest in continuing education and professional development with cost as the main driver in their choice for learning offering.
More similarities than differences were found across the fields, such as a need for more intermediate to advanced technology training in the average LAM professional. Significant needs in community engagement areas were indicated by all sectors and needs tied to physical preservation principles and skills around conservation were identified by nearly one third of respondents. Also of note, a significant need for disaster management planning related skill development surface from 29 percent of the librarians surveyed versus their counter parts in archives, 17 percent and museums, 15 percent.
The project also released dynamically filterable data visualizations for planners to examine the needs in their own state.
Direct to Full Text Report: Self-Identified Library, Archives and Museum Professional Development Needs, 2016 Edition
296 pages; PDF.