Strength through partnering: new professional development opportunities in academic libraries

SPUTORE, Alissa and HUMPHRIES, Philomena and STEINER, Nola (2015) Strength through partnering: new professional development opportunities in academic libraries. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2015 - Cape Town, South Africa in Session S02 - Satellite Meeting: Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section. In: Taking Charge of your LIS Career: Personal Strategies, Institutional Programs, Strong Libraries, 12–14 August 2015, City of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Abstract

Strength through partnering: new professional development opportunities in academic libraries

The pace of change in Australian academic libraries has been rapid and shows no signs of diminishing. Transitioning the existing workforce to support the new information landscape has become a primary area of focus in academic libraries. Australian and New Zealand academic libraries recently identified developing and planning the workforce as their most pressing challenge (Council of Academic University Librarians 2013). The University of Western Australia Library is proactively seeking opportunities to consolidate the Library’s position as a highly valued service, integral to the University’s core functions and the student experience, by partnering with other campus units to deliver priority projects where both parties have an interest in mutually beneficial outcomes. These collaborations offer powerful development pathways for librarians engaged in informal workplace learning opportunities, as demonstrated in cases studies in both teaching and research contexts.

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