A key indicator of being a profession #blogjune

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).

Only one of these professions requires me to keep up a yearly level of continuing professional development to remain qualified, and it isn’t librarianship.  Brack_Vocabularius_rerum

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.


About julieinmelbourne

Live in Melbourne born in Adelaide, and thus love Cooper's Pale Ale, Haigh's chocolates and a good Mclaren Vale shiraz. But am now also addicted to 'good' coffee, wearing black, and footy at the MCG
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1 Response to A key indicator of being a profession #blogjune

  1. I promise, I promise, I promise that I will write a blog post about this too 🙂 I have been ranting about it privately for years – time to start doing it in public *lol*

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