IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices
The present document is intended to alert the profession to the importance of investing in the development and maintenance of the expertise of staff. It aims to advise individuals, associations, and institutions in their efforts to assure ongoing learning for a profession that will be well qualified to provide excellent service to its publics. The audience for these guidelines comprises library/information practitioners, as well as those who are responsible for delivering educational experiences and offering and/or encouraging continuing professional development and workplace learning. While this document focuses mainly on the library context, it applies also to information professionals working outside of traditional environments.
The original quality guidelines were developed with the aid of a small IFLA project grant based on a proposal written by Australians Ann Ritchie and Ian Smith, CPDWL chairs. The grant funded an exhaustive literature search by Rutgers University MLIS student Anne Marie Lyons (2005). That review encompassed a wide range of relevant publications and guidelines from a variety of professions.
The current expanded review seeks not only to update the original, but also to reflect additional international literature.
Last update: 16 June 2016