“Transforming Libraries: What does this mean for continuing professional development and workplace learning?”


10-12 August 2016


Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL)  invites you to submit a proposal for the Satellite conference of IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning to be held in Cleveland (USA) 10-12 August 2016.

Conference theme and focus

This satellite meeting intends to focus on the role professional development in preparing librarians and staff for changes in the library.  In particular, CPDWL is interested in exploring  how librarians can support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Lyon Declaration;  strategies for planning for new library sectors and programs;  what should CPD look like in a modern workplace; and librarians as leaders in their organizations.

Selected papers will be presented at the sessions. They may be research papers but also best practice reports, personal stories, case study presentations. Though the planning team is interested in a broad range of concepts, preference will be given to papers that reflect one or more of the following themes:

  1. The future of Continuing Professional Development in the context of Lyon Declaration and UN agenda & Continuing Professional Development guidelines at national and international level: Informing librarians about the Lyon Declaration and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is critical to having libraries perceived as strong development partners.  Librarians will also need training to prepare them to support the UN SDGs.
  2. Transitioning to new library sectors. Case studies and strategies; low-cost Continuing Professional Development: are there alternative ways to manage your own Professional development? Do social media offer any further opportunities? And library associations/communities?
  3. Using Continuing Professional Development to manage change in your library: what professional development and workplace learning is needed to have librarians engaged in transforming spaces, services, outreach to users and collections?
  4. Leading your own change: leadership from where you are in the organization. Advocating for libraries, mentoring and finding mentors, strategies to influence the organization starting from where you are.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals should include:

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words
  • Author(s) name, professional affiliation, postal address, e-mail address
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than 50 words
  • Request for mentoring, if needed.

Proposals should be submitted using this form.