The NLS8 Experience

Over the weekend of June 23-25 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the ALIA New Librarians’ Symposium 8 in Canberra. It was not only a great opportunity to attend workshops and sessions to build my knowledge on all things library related, but also to network and build connections with other new and […]

How to say ‘no’

If you’re like me, you want to say ‘yes’ to everything. You may crave new opportunities to learn and grow your career, or you may be a bit cautious of saying ‘no’ in case it reflects badly on you and you’re never offered the opportunity again. However, you can’t always say ‘yes’. Taking on too […]

Presenting at your first conference

This year, I fulfilled one of my professional development goals – to present at my first conference. In fact, I presented three different things at the conference! A poster, a workshop and a last minute short talk to cover someone who had to cancel. From this experience, I wanted to share some advice for new […]

Specialised vs Generalised

What is better – specialisation or general skills? As a new librarian,this is a question I have recently been asking myself. The benefits of specialisation, say as a law librarian or children’s librarian, are quite clear. You can become an expert in that field. You can build on your knowledge over many years, becoming very […]

Sustainability and libraries: staff matters

We’ve looked at the themes of ‘proving our worth’ and the future of libraries and librarian education in the past, but it’s worth revisiting here in the context of sustainability of our libraries, services and staff. In a paper from the IFLA conference in 2011, Peter Genovese and Patricia Albanese from Global Library Consulting in the […]

Free webinar: Utilizing Partnerships to Expand PD Opportunities Worldwide

We’d like to invite our community to an upcoming free webinar, organised jointly by the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) and IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL), supported by the American Library Association. The webinar topic is “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”, something that the ILN is of […]

Librarian Workshops – Cementing the future of libraries

Today’s post comes to us from our community member Sandy Brandt. You can find Sandy on Twitter as @Libsandy. Thanks Sandy! The obvious advantage of attending workshops is investment in your career. It also fortifies the future of libraries, since library users benefit from a revitalised you (and your service) and consequently keep returning. As […]

Professional Development Twitter Chat Wrap-up

As our discussion topic on professional development comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank our guest curator Kate Davis and the wonderful team from the QUT Information Studies Group. They have provided the ILN community with much food for thought. Over the last two weeks we’ve seen some robust discussions […]