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Continuing professional development and special librarians in Jamaica

Continuing professional development and special librarians in Jamaica The purpose of this paper is to examine the continuing professional development (CPD) activities undertaken by special librarians in Jamaica, their motivation, the challenges faced and the areas of interest for professional development.Design/methodology/approachSpecial librarians working in Jamaica were surveyed using an online questionnaire which was disseminated via e-mail.FindingsThe study indicates that special librarians in Jamaica were engaged in both formal and informal CPD activities. They were motivated by factors such as keeping up to date with changes in librarianship and personal satisfaction. Challenges to participating in CPD include, lack of funding, time constraints and lack of worthwhile options. Areas of interest for CPD were mainly information technology-based.Research limitations/implicationsThe study was limited to the contact lists of the special libraries section of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) and the Government Library and Information Network of the Jamaica Library and Information Network (JAMLIN).Practical implicationsThe results have implications for the planning and implementation of continuing professional activities for Jamaica’s special librarians. It also fills a gap in library literature regarding the continuing professional activities of special librarians.Originality/valueThe paper is one of few studies focusing on the CPD activities of special librarians undertaken in a developing country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Continuing professional development and special librarians in Jamaica

Library Management , Volume 40 (6/7): 12 – Jul 29, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/lm-12-2018-0093
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the continuing professional development (CPD) activities undertaken by special librarians in Jamaica, their motivation, the challenges faced and the areas of interest for professional development.Design/methodology/approachSpecial librarians working in Jamaica were surveyed using an online questionnaire which was disseminated via e-mail.FindingsThe study indicates that special librarians in Jamaica were engaged in both formal and informal CPD activities. They were motivated by factors such as keeping up to date with changes in librarianship and personal satisfaction. Challenges to participating in CPD include, lack of funding, time constraints and lack of worthwhile options. Areas of interest for CPD were mainly information technology-based.Research limitations/implicationsThe study was limited to the contact lists of the special libraries section of the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) and the Government Library and Information Network of the Jamaica Library and Information Network (JAMLIN).Practical implicationsThe results have implications for the planning and implementation of continuing professional activities for Jamaica’s special librarians. It also fills a gap in library literature regarding the continuing professional activities of special librarians.Originality/valueThe paper is one of few studies focusing on the CPD activities of special librarians undertaken in a developing country.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 29, 2019

Keywords: Librarians; Special libraries; Jamaica; Continuing professional development; Professional development; Special librarians

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