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CPD: From the Other Side of the Door

Pat Heynes (Customer Support Librarian at the University of Bath Library, Bath, UK)

Librarian Career Development

ISSN: 0968-0810

Article publication date: 1 December 1994



Examines the problems of pursuing continuing professional development as perceived both by library assistants and their management. Based on discussion, with library assistants, about the training they receive from their authorities, covers both public and academic libraries. Aims to analyse the perceived problems and identify whether they can be solved by a change of staff or management attitude. Historically, there is seen to be a great divide between professional and non‐professional library staff and this attitude often accounts for the resistance to CPD by library assistants. New methods of learning, and new forms of training, should bring about a better response. Concludes that, to be successful, CPD, like any form of training, needs a balanced input from trainer and trainee alike.



Heynes, P. (1994), "CPD: From the Other Side of the Door", Librarian Career Development, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 13-15.




Copyright © 1994, MCB UP Limited

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