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by Vye Perrone
LIS News – 26 July 2009

Every so often I hear someone remark that they didn’t learn anything in library school; that their real professional learning happened on the job, or worse, that they think that the need for a library qualification is just gate keeping and protectionism. This always causes me some concern because it ignores the important role that library and information science theory plays in the workplace.

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by Stuart Ferguson, Philip Hider and Anne Lloyd
Australian Library Journal –  1 February 2008

This paper seeks to establish the state of knowledge of Knowledge Management (KM) among Library and Information Services (LIS) professionals, the extent to which they find positions in the KM sector, the extent to which they practise identifiable KM processes in their work and the adequacy of educational preparation and professional development opportunities.

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by Cathy Costa
Australian Library Journal – 1 February 2007

This paper explores whether a professional development weblog could support work-based learning in a TAFE Library. The paper includes both a literature review of material dealing with work-based learning in the VET sector, weblogs and their possible use as a professional development tool and an evaluation of a weblog project devised to support professional development in the Library at Box Hill Institute.

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by Kim Dority
Info Career Trends – 1 September 2007

Creating a dynamic career takes a mix of good luck, hard work, and an ability to position yourself smack in the middle of the “path of opportunity” — that spot where cool new things are happening, and someone needs to take charge. If that’s where you’d like to be, consider the following four actions to get things moving.

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by Jill Sodt
Info Career Trends – 2 January 2008

As quickly as technology changes, so does the job of the reference librarian. Where reference work once involved helping library patrons find information in encyclopedias, print journals, and microfilm, it has moved to navigating electronic databases, online journals, and internet searches. The environments where we provide service has also changed, with more virtual contact and less interaction at the physical reference desk.

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by Robin Kear
Info Career Trends – 2 January 2008

As a conscientious librarian and consumer of information in all forms, I try to read, scan, and/or save all kinds of professional information related to libraries, technology, and information. I manage this in a number of ways, using self-awareness, self-selection, and an ever-changing technological palette.

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by Donna Braquet
Info Career Trends – 3 March 2008

Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived and worked in a world with endless time to devote, limitless energy to expend, and infinite resources to utilize? Imagine the things we could do! But alas, the cruel reality is that this could not be farther from the truth. In a world zipping along at “everything in an instant” speed, librarians know all too well that our work days are filled with constant interruptions, our energy is often depleted, and our budgets shrink each year. So, what are we to do? When resources are limited we must look long and hard at our activities and go through the (sometimes painful) process of setting priorities.

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by Erin Dorney
Info Career Trends – 3 March 2008

Information overload is nothing new to LIS professionals. Understaffing often leads to overwhelming and seemingly impossible deadlines. A delicate balance of work responsibilities, career goals, personal interests, and relationships can only be accomplished by strong prioritization of tasks, goals, and responsibilities.

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by Cari Dubiel
Info Career Trends – 3 November 2008

There are two reasons librarians should keep active in the professional community: for the benefit of our own careers, and for the benefit of the library we work for. Sometimes staying active can feel like drudgery — something we have to do — but I’ve learned that professional development can be a lot of fun. Obtaining my master’s degree was the first step on that path, and since then, I have seen professional development as a way to avoid burnout and keep my job fresh and new.

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