New Research Article on Librarian’s Professional Learning Experiences

Hello – Just for interest: I am thrilled to have a new article published this month.

The Strategic, Curious & Skeptical Learner : Australian Public Librarians and Professional Learning Experiences

This study used narrative inquiry to investigate the experiences of Australian public librarians with professional learning and development. Twelve librarians currently working in public libraries in Australia were interviewed. The interviews revealed stories that depicted the real experiences of professional learn- ing for the librarians. These stories are represented in this paper via two components: five critical insights; and three personas. The five critical insights include: (i) there is not enough professional learning experiences (PLE) or learning culture in their library; (ii) PLE must be sought out personally and a major portion of PLE has to happen on their own time; (iii) PLE is primarily found online, and that utilizing social media is a crucial way to find PLE opportunities; and (iv) PLE opportunities are wanted. The three personas were articulated to best typify the different experiences of the Australian public librar- ians: the Strategic Learner, the Curious Ad Hoc Learner, and the Skeptical Learner. The study’s findings have implications for how public libraries in Australia can support and enable a culture of professional learning and development.

Download here: The Strategic Curious Skeptical Learner Australian Public Librarians and Professional Learning Experiences

10 thoughts on “New Research Article on Librarian’s Professional Learning Experiences

  1. Jen

    This is fascinating. I love how “storytelling” was a key component in the methodology. Everyone recognizes the power of a good story. Allowing the subjects to create their own narrative no doubt allows for more compelling research. I also appreciated the flexibility of interpreting these narratives, and how there is room for the researcher to design a study most appropriate to their needs. That’s encouraging for any budding scholar to hear. The findings of the three types of learners really underscores the imperative that educators (and employers) stay on top of current and relevant modes of pedagogy. It’s what differentiates teachers from good teachers, bosses from good bosses, administrators from good administrators. Looking back now, I see what all the best teachers had in common. They all cared deeply about what their students learned and presented it in a way that was appropriate, fulfilling and digestible for the student. I see parallels how this concept can be applied not only for library staff, but also in outreach, i.e. how librarians can fulfill patrons needs. Thanks for the insight! So cool Dr. @michael!

    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      @jras328 Thanks for your thoughts. I conducted all the interviews. it was fascinating to listen to the librarians tell their stories about learning. We did them all via Zoom…early mornings or late evening for me to match up with Australia time. Will never forget the experience.

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