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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

NLH work on cpd needs of library staff

NLH has commissioned a study into training and development needs of library staff. This work is being carried forward in partnership with LKDN and Health Libraries Group. Following a competitive tender, the University of Wales Aberystwyth were awarded the contract to carry out this study.

The work involves 3 "chunks" of work:
  • desk research, reviewing existing training needs analyses
  • interviews with opinion leaders
  • 2 workshops for library staff (advertised via SHA leads, lis-medical, lis-nursing) : Manchester, 29 November; London, 13 December
We’ve had some feedback from people unable to attend who still want to contribute. So, the Aber team have compiled a list of questions which you're invited to comment on…. Please note this applies to ALL library staff.

These questions have also been forwarded to SHA library leads and LKDN members, who may be collating the responses in your area. Please can you send responses to nelh@nhsia.nhs.uk, preferably by 13 December. Additional comments welcomed. Many thanks!



How does the CILIP qualifications framework map to your needs - for professional qualification and for re-validation? What might the impact of UKCHIP be? What are the accreditation needs of different groups of library staff - managers, specialists, trainers, assistants...? What matters most to you locally?
More information available at http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/FrameworkofQualifications/

What should be delivery locally and how?
What's best delivered nationally and how?
Underpinning this is the problem all too familiar to those who provide database training is that you can provide the training, but how is it linked to practice problems, and how do learners practise their skills and gain confidence? You get the training - but how does your practice improve afterwards?

Recent evidence suggests that the current priorities include knowledge management and intranet management, content management of web sites, strategic and financial management (particularly for outreach and cross departmental working), persuading and influencing, support for e-learning (and teaching).

What are the advantages and disadvantages of mentoring, buddying, coaching? What has your experience been? How would mentoring/buddying/coaching prepare you for future career roles? How does this work for people in solo librarian positions? Would you be prepared to be a mentor/buddy/coach? What would you gain from the process, if anything?

Clinical librarians and outreach work has been viewed as an add-on to 'normal' library activity. Should we really be debating whether clinical librarian approaches and outreach are the norm? Librarians - almost as a side-effect of their professional route - have been isolated within their organisations. What career routes can you see in other areas of health informatics that might offer career pathways out of the library - as well as into the library?


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