Thursday, 3 January 2013

CPD for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

Several people have asked us if we plan to "officially" run 23 Things for Professional Development in 2013.  The answer is no, unfortunately, although the content will remain online so do feel free to keep working through the Things at your own pace.  You're also very welcome to use the #cpd23 hashtag and the other social media groups to coordinate with others if you enjoy the company while working through the programme.

So for all those who have caught the online personal and professional development bug, what next?  I've gathered a few possibilities here, but please tell us in the comments what you're doing and we'll add them to the main post.

Courses aimed at librarians/information professionals

Year of productivity: a 23 Things style course for librarians and academic researchers leading to - you've guessed it - improved productivity.

(Online) Information Literacy Journal Club: does exactly what it says on the tin.

Library Juice: Online professional development for librarians. There are charges for these, but there's a sponsorship programme if you're in need of it.  That one on creative problem-solving in libraries is looking particularly interesting to me...

Libraries Thriving: a series of online seminars.

Check out what's on offer from your library association or local library group.

Other courses you may find useful

TED talks: Riveting talks by remarkable people

Learn to code with Codecademy (and many others...)

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) such as those provided via Coursera and edX.

Can't find the course you're looking for?

Try finding people who blog about the area you're interested in.

Still no luck? Why not put one together? From my experience the best approach is to gather a team of like-minded individuals together to brainstorm and to plan out schedules etc, invite people with specific areas of expertise if there are gaps in what you want to achieve, and just get the ball rolling.

Have fun

...and keep blogging so we can see what else is out there!


We're not responsible for most of the above, so please direct any queries to the contacts provided on the relevant websites.

1 comment:

  1. I am hoping to organise a chartership meeting locally to help all those who normally have to travel many miles to get any results! I will post it when I have any firm details!


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