Ten months ago, I pitched an idea to develop a series of self-paced online courses for New Zealand library staff.
The idea was based on the results of the 2012 LIANZA Career Survey that indicated:
- There were not enough continuing education opportunities available.
- There was a strong preference (64.02%) for continuing professional development to be undertaken during work time rather than after hours.
- Budget and technology were key barriers to undertaking continuing professional development.
I have received an overwhelmingly positive response in favour of developing online courses and very soon I hope to show you a better way to learn ‘real world’ New Zealand library skills.
In the next few days I’ll be sharing some of the features of these courses and how they can fill some of the gaps in your registration journal, give you the confidence to better assist customers and students, and immediately apply what you learn to your job. Stay tuned!