There is a real need for all library staff to practice continuous professional development (CPD) throughout their career.
The Professional Development Framework (PDF) like other career development tools for library staff, e.g. CILIP’s The Professional Knowledge and Skills base (PKSB), places teaching and learning at the heart of the profession and sets out pathways for all library staff to develop.
Seeking formal recognition for your professional development is a common practice in most professions.
Such recognition is the process in which a third party attests to the competency of an individual’s level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. Certification of competency, authority, or credibility is usually granted by authorities within the field.
Certification at various stages of your career is important but it is important to note that some certifications are time-limited and expire after a period of time. So continually updating your skill-sets and building on your CV is something you will do throughout your career.
There are a number of different routes towards recognition for library staff.