The arrival of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the public consciousness of librarianship is a relatively new phenomenon, spurred on by rapid change in the information sector, “technological push”, obsolescence of initial professional qualifications and societal changes. Outlines the benefits of CPD and comments on the Library Association′s new initiative in the CPD arena. Examines some basic problems in CPD planning and provision, notably the terminological difficulty embedded in the concept of “professional” in the label “CPD”. Addresses the controversial area of mandatory versus compulsory CPD and the benefits or disadvantages involved, including the important “equal opportunities” dimension.
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