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Career Development and Continuous Learning

33. Career development and continuous learning is the shared responsibility of the individual, the employer, formal education providers, and professional associations. Continuous learning is essential for all library and information studies personnel whether or not they seek advancement.

34. Employers are responsible for providing training that supports the work of their organization. This can take the form of planned staff development activities or less formal activities such as committee assignments and special projects.

35. Employers are responsible for providing support for individual career development and continuous learning. Examples of support include release time, sabbaticals, tuition reimbursement, and mentoring programs. Such support is essential in hiring and retaining an excellent workforce.

36. Education providers are responsible for developing and making available learning opportunities that reflect the needs of the library and information studies profession. To address individual learning needs and styles, these must be available in multiple formats and in a variety of locations.

37. Professional associations are responsible for providing learning opportunities that meet the needs of their membership. These may take the form of workshops, conference programs, and articles in professional journals. Workshops and conference programs should be planned to ensure adherence to the best practice of adult learning theory.

38. For the individual, career development and continuous learning includes both formal and informal learning situations and need not be limited to library and information studies. In some cases, post-masters and doctoral programs may be appropriate.

Additional copies available from Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment American Library Association 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

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