Welcome to our website. Here, we have created our story, engagement tools, guides and resources based on our experience as Library Staff engaging with the Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach (https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PD-Framework-FINAL-1.pdf).
What is L2L?
Library staff in the Technological Higher Education Sector are academics and teach both formally and informally. Although our institutions are constantly striving to support our professional development, the diversity of the roles we perform and our unique role as ‘third space’ professionals means we are dealing with complex, complicated and evolving professional development needs. Given our role as Librarians and academics, we were seeking a professional development process which gave us a framework and map for development and prompted deeper exploration of our roles, identity and experience.
What is L2L?
L2L is a two year project being funded by the National Forum through its Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/) looking at the Professional Development Framework for All Staff Who Teach in Higher Education through the lens of Library staff to see if it meets our professional development needs.
Library staff are engaged in teaching in many ways. This can range from support offered face to face at our Desks, the development of resource material and guides, the curation of physical Library spaces, the editing of resource discovery tools, and raising awareness of the virtual environment, to classroom based teaching of Information Literacy. The multi-layered nature of Library work requires a holistic and evolving approach to professional development.
What are we doing?
Quite simply, we are starting a new conversation about professional development that asks some familiar questions: what does PD mean to us and how can we embed and sustain good PD practices? How are our roles as library professionals evolving? What do we need to do to meet these new challenges? How do we identify and how is our identity constructed? Is our experience valuable as research? How does the student experience influence our professional development approaches? And, most importantly, what can we do to ensure that our users get the most value out of our services?
Using the Professional Development Framework for all Staff who Teach (PDF), Library Staff individually and in Triads have explored their experience using Action Research approaches and reflected on their professional development
By the end of the project we hope to have a formal accreditation to recognize the work of librarians who teach and provide the validation and recognition of the invaluable role library staff play as educators.
About the Professional Development Framework (PDF)
The National Professional Development Framework for all staff who teach in Higher Education can be found here:
The PDF uses the term ‘teach’ as “inclusive of all the activities involved in the teaching and the facilitation of student learning. The term
incorporates the principles of student engagement in the learning process” (P.1). It also addresses all types of learning: formal, informal, structured, unstructured, non-accredited, accredited, collaborative, and individual. The PDF is underpinned by the values of:
The PDF is designed to be a career-long development tool and can be used on an on-going basis throughout our working lives.
To facilitate engagement, participants can explore the PDF through five domains. These domains can be revisited over time.
The Domains are:
- Domain 1: The Self
- Domain 2: Professional Identity, Values, and development in Teaching and Learning
- Domain 3: Professional Communication and Dialogue in Teaching and Learning
- Domain 4: Professional Knowledge and Skills in Teaching and Learning
- Domain 5: Personal and Professional Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning