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Professional Development in an Industrial Library: Some Personal Observations

Professional Development in an Industrial Library: Some Personal Observations The organizational context in which an industrial information unit operates is important. If a company does not have a formal structure in place for continuing professional development (CPD), it can be difficult for the information professional to pursue “sponsored” CPD events such as training courses. Lack of money, constraints on time, being only a very small part of the company and image are barriers to development. Although not obvious CPD, job experience is where the bulk of professional development lies for the industrial information specialist. The wide variety of skills necessary are rooted in practicality. The most important area is people skills. These are difficult to teach and therefore are the most valuable and the most transferable. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Librarian Career Development Emerald Publishing

Professional Development in an Industrial Library: Some Personal Observations

Librarian Career Development , Volume 2 (4): 4 – Dec 1, 1994

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1994 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-0810
DOI
10.1108/09680819410073211
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Abstract

The organizational context in which an industrial information unit operates is important. If a company does not have a formal structure in place for continuing professional development (CPD), it can be difficult for the information professional to pursue “sponsored” CPD events such as training courses. Lack of money, constraints on time, being only a very small part of the company and image are barriers to development. Although not obvious CPD, job experience is where the bulk of professional development lies for the industrial information specialist. The wide variety of skills necessary are rooted in practicality. The most important area is people skills. These are difficult to teach and therefore are the most valuable and the most transferable.

Journal

Librarian Career DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1994

Keywords: Bass Brewers Ltd; Continuing professional development; Development; Funding; Industrial libraries; Libraries; On‐the‐job training; Professionals

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