Trends, Achievements, and Competencies
Planning for and actively developing our professional skills and competencies is foundational to librarianship. Quarterly, I take stock of where I lack a skill and identify what strengths could be enhanced or refreshed.
As I reflect for action, there are many questions I consider, for example:
Year over year, I add to the list of possible association and MOOC offerings, conferences, webinars, and workshops in which I have participated or in which I am interested.
When I have access to licensed databases, I search for literature on such topics as:
Most professional associations offer professional development courses and conferences:
There are many mass open online course opportunities. Of the many I have taken, these two offer a wide variety of courses from broad topic areas:
Having access to the Lynda.com suite of self-paced, online courses is a boon! If you do, get an account and start on an amazing self-directed learning adventure. The following are some of the courses I completed this past year:
Several of Lynda.com videos are available on YouTube
This online site offers professional librarians workshops focusing on developing new skills and competencies. I am working toward completing a Certificate in Library Instruction. I have completed one course and am currently enrolled in the second with the intention of taking one course per month for eight months.
Most colleges and universities in Canada require faculty who are instructing courses to complete a provincial instructor diploma or certification, for example:
Research possible opportunities, be creative, think beyond the traditional, and explore your potential.
Get some PD.