Benefits of internal professional development for academic librarians

Carissa Tomlinson

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While often overlooked, there are many benefits of in-house professional development programs for academic librarians. This is especially true as the roles of academic librarians continue to evolve and change. This chapter argues that internal professional development not only helps academic librarians share their varied skills, tools, and practices with institutional colleagues, but also improves employee morale, collegiality, and organizational culture. Additionally, by structuring an internal professional development program using a peer-learning model, librarians gain a sense of community while seeing value in each librarian's individual knowledge. Also, peer learning can be a mechanism for institutional knowledge management and the transfer of institutional memory through intergenerational and cross job function learning. In addition to exploring the evolving nature of the academic librarian and the importance of professional development as peer learning in the context of the local institution, this chapter will describe in detail one university library's internal professional development program for librarians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRevolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals
Subtitle of host publicationPlanning for the Future
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781466646766
ISBN (Print)1466646756, 9781466646759
StatePublished - Oct 31 2013
Externally publishedYes

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