In-service training for academic librarians: a pilot programme for staff

Shepherd, Eileen (2010) In-service training for academic librarians: a pilot programme for staff. The Electronic Library, 28 (4). pp. 507-524. ISSN 0264-0473

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This paper discusses the need for continuing professional development for librarians in academic libraries in general and at Rhodes University Library, South Africa in particular. It describes the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of a staff-development and training pilot programme for professional librarians at Rhodes Library. A group of 15 librarians, drawn from the library staff complement, participated in an 8-session training course developed by Information Services librarians. The course, which covered basic information-finding skills using a variety of research databases and offered an introduction to concepts in 21st century academic librarianship, was presented using course management software in a face-to-face environment and required homework exercises and the completion of a 2-hour final test. The results of the project demonstrated the urgent need for such development programmes for professional library staff. 80% of the participants completed the course. The final test results indicated below average database search skills and an inability to think laterally. An unexpected finding was a lack of IT competencies. Important lessons were learned with regard to course-construction, content and timing.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Continuing professional development, Academic libraries, Librarians, Skilling, Training, Staff development
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions:Support Units > Library
ID Code:1756
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:06 Sep 2010 19:41
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:21
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