I am both a qualified librarian and a qualified massage therapist. I did a post-graduate course to become a librarian, and a diploma for remedial massage. I am a paid up member to both professional associations – ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) and AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapists).
While chatting yesterday, my friend Sally (@sallysetsforth) and I agreed that a good indicator of being ‘a profession’ is a commitment to continuous learning. Accountants do it, Doctors do it, Chartered Surveyors do it, Massage Therapists do it – but not librarians.
ALIA does have a good Continuing Professional Development Scheme, but it is not a requirement of membership as with many other professions.
Given how quickly the information scene changes isn’t it even more vital that we as librarians continually expand and update our knowledge to meet this level of change, and shouldn’t our clients expect it of us.