Current conference

WLIC 2021:  Virtual Conference Open Programme

17-19 August 2021

NOW – NEW – NEXT: Seizing the opportunities to redefine and reimagine professional development through online learning

Panel members

  • Learner: Matilde Fontanin, PhD student, Trieste, Italy; former CPDWL SC member and now Consultant to the section
  • Employer: Dr Alan Brine, Deputy Director, Library & Learning Services,  De Montfort University, Leicester, UK; Chair of CILIP Professional Recognition Panel; new CPDWL SC member
  • Professional association: A/Prof Naoki Matsumoto, Dept. of Library and Information Science, Keio University, Japan; Member of the Committee of Accreditation of Senior Librarians, Japan Library Association
  • LIS educator: Prof Sandy Hirsh, Associate Dean for Academics, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State University, USA; President of ALISE, current CPDWL SC member
  • LIS training provider: Tony Zanders, Skilltype, USA; invited speaker to CPDWL SC in 2020.

The central tenet of the IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices (2016) is that the future of the LIS sector depends on career-long learning and professional growth. Importantly, the responsibilities for advancing the profession are shared by multiple stakeholders: individual learners, employers, professional associations, LIS educators and providers of LIS training.

CPDWL is committed to the promotion and implementation of the Guidelines for CPD across the world to build a strong, agile and resilient profession. However, the principles and best practices discussed in the document primarily relate to the face-to-face learning environment: conferences, seminars and workshops. Although a brief note indicates that additional quality issues should be considered when learning happens online, there needs to be a balance between analogue and digital learning.

The impact of COVID-19 on CPD has been profound. While professional learning events were either cancelled or forced online, the unprecedented challenges of shifting to a digital learning environment have led to mixed results. CPDWL has recognised that this crisis represents the imperative to look at the Guidelines with fresh eyes to ensure that they encompass the principles and best practices which consider the value of open educational resources, support the development of innovative content and stimulate engaging and interactive learning experiences in a virtual world. A consultative approach to the revision of the Guidelines will allow for contributions from representatives from the five stakeholder groups.

The WLIC provides the springboard for action. In this panel discussion, five speakers will share their ideas about the factors that influence the design and delivery of inspiring online learning programmes. Their thoughts will feed into the revisions of the Guidelines, which in turn will underpin high-quality professional learning activities for LIS professionals wherever they are working.

Library Carpentries: A 360 Degree Review of Supporting Data Science Skills

A collaboration with the Science and Technology Section (STS)

Past conferences

2020

World Library and Information Congress: 86th General Conference and Assembly
15-21 August 2020, Dublin, Ireland.
 (Cancelled)

2019

World Library and Information Congress: 85th General Conference and Assembly
24-30 August 2019, Athens, Greece.

  • Active and interactive learning and development strategies to extend LIS practice: the need for new skills to meet the challenges of our world.  Joint session with the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) SIG.
    Call for Papers [PDF]:  due 15 March 2019   *extended to 24 March 2019
    Call for Papers [WLIC website]: due 15 March 2019   *extended to 24 March 2019
  • Navigating your own professional development: Effective use of the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development
    Call for Papers [PDF]: due 15 March 2019
    Call for Papers [WLIC wesbite]: due 15 March 2019
  • Change literacy: digital, collaborative creative.  A knowledge café in collaboration with the sections for Knowledge Management and Library and Research Services for Parliaments. REPORT [PDF]

2019 CPDWL Satellite Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, 20-21 August 2019

2018

World Library and Information Congress: 84th General Conference and Assembly
24-30 August 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2017

World Library and Information Congress: 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly
19–25 August 2017, WrocÅ‚aw, Poland.

2016

World Library and Information Congress: 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly
August 13-19, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

2015

World Library and Information Congress: 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly
August 17-23, Cape Town, South Africa.

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2015
Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa
12-14 August 2015
ThemeTaking charge of your LIS Career: Personal strategies, institutional programs, strong libraries

2014

World Library and Information Congress: 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

2013

World Library and Information Congress: 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 17-23 August 2013, Singapore.

  • Sunday 18 August: Session 83  Building a learning and knowledge sharing organization. Joint session with sections for Knowledge Management and Information Technology.
  • Monday 19 August: Session 100  Libraries as learning organizations: how to nurture growth in our staff and communities. Joint session with the section for Education and Training.
  • Wednesday 21 August: Session 176 Taking charge of your career: A workshop.
  • Thursday 22 August: Session 210  New librarian global connection: Best practices, models and recommendations. Joint session with the New Professionals Special Interest Group.

2012

World Library and Information Congress: 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: 11-17 August 2012, Helsinki, Finland.

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2012 (joint satellite meeting with the section for Information Literacy)
Tampere, Finland
8-10 August 2012
ThemeThe road to information literacy: Librarians as facilitators of learning

2011

World Library and Information Congress: 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: 13-18 August 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2010

World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden.

2009

World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: 23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy.

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2009 (joint satellite meeting with the New Professionals Discussion Group)
Bologna, Italy
19-20 August 2009
ThemeMoving in, moving up and moving on: Strategies for regenerating the library and information profession

2007

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2007
Johannesburg, South Africa

ThemeContinuing professional development: Pathways to leadership in the library and information world

2004

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2004
Oslo, Norway

ThemeContinuing professional development – Preparing for new roles in libraries: a voyage of discovery

2002

IFLA CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2002
Aberdeen, Scotland
ThemeContinuing professional education for the information society

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