The missing link?: Alumni chapters and the professional development of librarians

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Glanville, Clare. 2006. "The missing link?: Alumni chapters and the professional development of librarians." 2006 ALIA Biennial Conference. Perth, Australia 20 - 22 Sep 2006
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The missing link?: Alumni chapters and the professional development of librarians

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AuthorGlanville, Clare
Number of Pages9
Year2006
ISBN0868045640
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://conferences.alia.org.au/alia2006/Papers/Clare_Glanville.pdf
Conference/Event2006 ALIA Biennial Conference
Event Details
2006 ALIA Biennial Conference
Event Date
20 to end of 22 Sep 2006
Event Location
Perth, Australia
Abstract

The Information Professionals Alumni chapter was established in 2003 to maintain and re-establish links between librarianship and teacher-librarianship courses at the Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) library and information studies and teacher-librarianship courses and graduates out in the field. The focus of chapter
events is three-fold – to host social events; to encourage networking; and to create opportunities for the professional development of past, present and future students.

This paper discusses the formation of the Information Professionals chapter and its success in achieving these aims. The chapter has held many popular events,
including hosting a number of international guest speakers, awarding a bursary for a member to attend the 2004 Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
conference and running the Evidence Based Librarianship mini-conference in conjunction with ALIA's Quorum group. All chapter events offer members and guests an opportunity to learn more about their profession and to develop their professional skills. This paper reports on the outcomes of a pilot study evaluating chapter members' participation in alumni events as part of their personal continuing
professional development (CPD) activities. It discusses future strategies to enhance the role of the alumni chapter as a core part of members' CPD activities and outlines
opportunities to further collaborate with ALIA's CPD programs. Alumni chapters offer a valuable opportunity to not only create stronger links librarianship educators, students, new graduates, experienced practitioners, but to strengthen the imperative for library and information professionals to engage in continuing professional development.

Keywordsalumni, continuing professional development, librarianship, higher education, university
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390303. Higher education
461006. Library studies
Byline AffiliationsState Library of Queensland, Australia
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