I am presenting at NLS4 and are in the process of writing the paper for it. My topic is keeping-up-to-date. Below is a quick review of what I am planning to cover.
Why keep-up-to-date? Why it is important that we as librarians stay current.
Taking responsibility for your professional development. In conjunction with your employer and in your own time.
What area(s) should you cover? Be selective about which areas you want to stay ahead on. But also have an awareness in other sectors. May be quite different depending on the sort of library you work in and your role within it. Also will depend on your personal interests.
How much time should it take and whose time should it be?
Where you will find the content to keep you up-to-date. This is a long list, but far from complete and in no particular order: journals, ejournals, books, elists, blogs, screencasts, vidcasts, podcasts, forums, rss feeds, wikis, seminars, webinars, training, conferences, conference papers, further education, professional associations, continuing professional development programs, library tours, networking – both online and in person, instant messaging/microblogging, learning 2.0 programs, library training.
How do you find the right content? Finding about out it and then accessing it.
Dealing with information overload. Practices to ensure you can still find time for a life. Continually reviewing and revising your information flow.
Is there anything that you find vital to your own professional development, that is not covered here? I don’t have a lot of time for presenting, but I want to overload the readers of the paper with as much information as possible.
Your wise words, great ideas and overall expertise are sought in this endeavour – proper attribution given of course!