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Professional development and the recently qualified information and library studies professional: factors affecting success in attainment of the Library Association's associate status.

Campbell, Fiona; Marcella, Rita; Baxter, Graeme

Authors

Fiona Campbell

Rita Marcella

Graeme Baxter



Abstract

This paper describes a project funded by the UK Library Association (LA) which sought to investigate factors impacting upon length of time taken to achieve Associateship of the Library Association and to gather attitudinal data as to the benefits of Associateship, barriers to successful completion and continuing professional development (CPD). Data was gathered via a postal questionnaire (38.3% response rate) and telephone interviews with not yet complete and withdrawn candidates. The respondent group reflected a representative sample of the research target, coming from a range of employment sectors. Results suggested that significant factors included: conflicting pressures, lack of time, loss of interest and poor supervision. Those candidates still to submit or who had withdrawn tended to have received less support from employers. Associateship was seen as advantageous largely in that it conferred chartered status and professional recognition: fewer respondents felt that it had, or was likely to, lead to an enhanced career, a salary increase or prestige. The majority of respondents were interested in their personal continuing professional development (93.5%), reading professional literature as part of their CPD (85%), while between a half and two thirds attended external seminars/courses, networked with colleagues and engaged in internal training activities. A slight majority (54.2%) felt that CPD should not be compulsory: some suggested a system of reward rather than a compulsory approach should be preferred.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 31, 2000
Journal Education for information
Print ISSN 0167-8329
Publisher IOS Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2-3
Pages 169-199
Institution Citation CAMPBELL, F., MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 2000. Professional development and the recently qualified information and library studies professional: factors affecting success in attainment of the Library Association's associate status. Education for information [online], 18(2-3), pages 169-199. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-2000-182-307
DOI https://doi.org/10.3233/EFI-2000-182-307
Keywords UK Library Association; Librarianship; Professional registration

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