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Monday, March 29, 2004

Training for non-professional library staff

Our Senior Library Assistant has recently completed the NVQ Level 3 in Library and Information Services. As a 'paraprofessional' in the healthcare library service she wanted something that gave some competency validation for her role. Unfortunately not all areas seem to have this available for their library assistants, but she was lucky to get really good support from a neighbouring region.
All paraprofessional library staff should be given the chance to personally develop, to improve and validate their skills and knowledge if they wish, particularly with consideration to 'Agenda for Change'. The Library has benefitted enormously from her doing the course. We need to remember that we can learn from everyone.


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