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CPD: Professional Development – Continuing and Compulsory?

Patrick Noon (the University Librarian at Coventry University. He is a member of the SCONUL Advisory Committee on Staff Development, and is on the Committee of the LA Personnel Training & Education Group)

Librarian Career Development

ISSN: 0968-0810

Article publication date: 1 December 1994



Continuing professional development is one of the major attributes that defines professional status. The LA′s new Framework for CPD provides an innovative and useful tool to help those in the library and information profession to take responsibility for their own CPD. But why is the scheme only voluntary? Would making CPD compulsory improve the service we deliver to our users and improve our professional image? Uses examples from other professions to explore this important issue.



Noon, P. (1994), "CPD: Professional Development – Continuing and Compulsory?", Librarian Career Development, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 4-8.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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