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Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section

The CPDWL Section embraces all aspects of professional development and learning in the workplace in the period post-qualification to the end of a career.

New developments and trends in information and communication technology, higher expectations of users, requirements of employers and managers of libraries and information service organisations and competition from information professionals in the broader information industry emphasize the imperative for associations and institutions to be 'learning organisations' and develop their staff by providing opportunities for continuing professional development and training in the workplace; and for individuals to be responsible for their own career planning and development.

Our membership engages institutions, organisations and individuals in a community of practice which supports practical and research-related activities within our area of subject expertise. The Section also brings together those who are interested in and responsible for the quality improvement of systems for delivering continuing professional development and workplace learning programs.
Section since August 2002. Formerly: Continuing Professional Education Round Table - CPERT

Strategic Plan

2008-2009  |  2006-2007


CPDWL Quality Guidelines Project

For an outline of the project follow this link and for more information, contact the project Coordinators: Jana Varlejs [varlejs@scils.rutgers.edu] and Ian Smith [i.smith@latrobe.edu.au].


CPDWL Quality Guidelines Project

The Section has underway a project to produce evidence based guidelines for assessing the quality and effectiveness of CPD activities, programs and events. The guidelines will be able to be used by individuals and organisations providing CPDWL activities, as well as individuals and institutions undertaking or purchasing CPD activities, program and events - either for themselves or their staff. The guidelines will address variations in terms of the needs of, professional practitioners in a range of countries and cultures.

Coverage will include:

  • Content - the means for assessing the content of CPD activities;
  • Delivery - assessment of different modes of delivery;
  • Format and instructional strategies - assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of format and instructional strategies;
  • Impact/Outcomes Assessment Techniques - how success and quality is measured.

The Guidelines are available in:

العربية  汉语   漢語   English   Español   Français   Deutch   Italiano   한국어   Nederlands   Română   Русский  

Other publications:


2008: October | June
2007: October | April
2006: October | April
2005: October | April
2004: October | April
2003: October | April
2002: October | April
2001: October | April
2000: October | April
1999: October | April
1988: October

Annual Reports and Medium Term Programme


Important Dates Calendar (2008-2009)

Conference Reports:


Useful Addresses

Susan Schnuer
Associate Director
University of Illinois, Mortenson Center for Int. Library Programs
1402 Gregory Drive, Room 142
URBANA, Illinois 61801
United States
Tel. +(1)(217)3330031
Fax +(1)(213)2650990
Email: schnuer@uiuc.edu

Jana Varlejs, PhD
Associate Professor
Rutgers School of Communication,
Information and Library Studies (SCILS)
4 Huntington Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1071
Tel. +(1)(732)9327500 x8225
Fax +(1)(732)9322644
Email: varlejs@scils.rutgers.edu

Monica Ertel
Director, Global Information Services
Bain & Company
66 Oakdale Avenue
United States
Tel. +(1)(415)4828104
Email: monicaertel@yahoo.com

Information Coordinator:
Sylvia Piggott
Global Information Solutions Group
3835 Northcliffe
Tel. +(1)(514)4860305
Email: spiggott@sympatico.ca

Newsletter Editor:
Juanita Jara de Sumar
Liaison Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
McLennan Library Building
3459 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1Y1
Tel: (514) 398-4729
Fax: (514) 398-7184
Email: juanita.jaradesumar@mcgill.ca

Mailing List

The Section's discussion list - CPDWL - on IFLANET provides a forum for information professionals who are interested in issues to do with continuing professional development & workplace learning in the library and information professions. If you are interested in these topics please join the List and contribute to discussions and sharing of ideas.

To subscribe please go to the web interface at: http://infoserv.inist.fr/wwsympa.fcgi/info/cpdwl