#59 Professional Research

Professional Research

Many librarians might claim that they don’t have time for this sort of thing.

However, if you make the time for it, it may save you a lot of time and effort in the long run, and will certainly enhance your professionalism and career prospects. It doesn’t need to take up much of your time (perhaps an hour a week) and if you subscribe to mailing lists, the information will come to you automatically.

It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in the profession: high or low profile, a new graduate or an old hand, you can always learn from your fellow professionals. You get the chance to hear opinions from professionals in different circumstances from your own, different countries and different cultures. All of which is very healthy.

How to do it? Mailing lists, blogs (the blog roll on this site links to some very proactive and innovative people), browsing school library websites and reading professional literature. Some good starting points on the web are linked below.

School Librarians Network

School Library Association

CILIP Training Events

School Libraries Online: International Association Of School Librarianship

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Canadian Association for School Libraries

Australian School Library Association (ASLA)

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