Blog June 2013 – Day 16 – Lifelong Learning

Today I spent a half-day completing my Level 2 First Aid Course – an update from having learned it a couple of years ago, after a very long separation in time before that.

Wow, how things have changed, both since I first completed the course in the 90’s and even to two years ago.  Not only were the changes interesting, but what humanity has learned about the human body and has therefore impacted on our ability to provide improved First Aid, is amazing. (if you ever see me, ask me what I learned about potential spinal cord injuries – very interesting).

It was also great to reinforce things I have already learned, especially when it has not been used, but you want to be able to access the information from somewhere in your memory when the need arises.

Which just reminded me that is becoming so much more difficult to function effectively in our world today, without being on a continual lifelong learning track.

I am fully committed to ongoing professional development in librarianship and regularly plan, attend, provide and seek out new learning for myself and staff at my library. But I had not really thought of a personal development plan.

Of course that means that my reading/training/seeking (at least in my own time) is going to broaden quite dramatically, but I am always keen to learn, regardless of what it is, so I am sure I will come up with a way to make it happen. Having inquisitive kids is very helpful for this, as is being a reference librarian, because if I don’t have the answers to the questions they ask, I will find one.

So my personal learning program may be distinctly more casual than my professional, but it will definitely be worth the investment.

Do you have a personal learning plan, totally separate to your professional one?  I would love to hear about it if you do.