Options for Continuing Education
With ongoing changes to the workplace, job market, job descriptions, users/patrons, and technology for all kinds of information professionals, keeping skills current is necessary for everyone, from job-hunting new graduates to those currently employed with years of experience. Staying informed about new trends and issues in the profession is also critical to maintaining professional competence.
Some information professionals have additional incentive for continuing education (CE). Public librarians in NY State who got their Professional Certificates on or after January 1, 2010 are required to get 60 hours of CE every five years in order to maintain their certification. Archivists certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists and School Library Media Specialists in NY State also need professional development/CE to re-certify or maintain their certification.
Fortunately, there are a range of options and with research and deliberation, an appropriate continuing education plan can be devised by each information professional. Read more....
Ellen Mehling received her MSLIS from LIU and works as a librarian, instructor, writer and job search/career advisor in and around NYC. Her professional experience includes work in special, public, and academic libraries, as well as archives. She has been METRO’s Job Bank Manager and Career Development Consultant since 2009.