Career development in African librarianship

Show simple item record Sturges, Paul 2015-12-03T05:14:03Z 2015-12-03T05:14:03Z 2015
dc.description.abstract African librarians need to embrace enormous changes in technology and in social and economic circumstances during the course of their careers, but the methods that the profession should use to renew itself are not clear. At present the emphasis is on the possession of diplomas and degrees, but there is no special reason to believe that adding a second (master’s) degree to a bachelor’s in LIS appreciably increases the professional expertise of an individual library worker. Furthermore, the PhD (now increasingly sought) is a research degree and of debatable relevance for most kinds of higher library posts. It is argued in this paper that continuing professional development (CPD) is more capable of delivering the necessary new skills and professional orientation. The profession, through its library associations, needs to discuss the problems of career development with policymakers; persuade employers to modify their qualification-based appointment and promotion requirements; and encourage and support professional associations in providing more CPD opportunities. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Sturges, P 2015, 'Career Development in African Librarianship', Library Trends, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 42-52. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0024-2594 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1559-0682 (online)
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Johns Hopkins University Press en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 The Board of Trustees, University of Illinois en_ZA
dc.subject African librarians en_ZA
dc.subject Technology en_ZA
dc.subject Career development en_ZA
dc.subject Careers en_ZA
dc.subject Continuing professional development (CPD) en_ZA
dc.title Career development in African librarianship en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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