Meeting: 31 August 2016- Academic Librarians and Continuing Professional Development

This meeting of the LAST Professional Reading Club took place on Wednesday, 31 August and the theme was “Academic Librarians and CPD”.

The articles selected were:Corcoran , Maura & McGuinness , Claire, (2014),’Keeping ahead of the curve’, Library Management, Vol. 35 (3), pp. 175 – 98.
Amanda Nichols Hess, (2016) ‘A Case Study of Job Embedded Learning’, portal: Libraries and the Academy, Vol. 16 (2), pp. 327-347.

The group discussed the different types of CPD we might like to have access to, and the barriers we felt stopped us from accessing the training we needed. We thought it might be worth revisiting the skills audit that some of us undertook some time ago, to see where we feel we need to develop our skills.

We thought it was important that training is available for roles we might wish to take on in future-such as sessions relating to leadership and management skills. Erin pointed out that we can ask to go on some of the training offered in People Development under the “ILM” badge. Many of us agreed that our role is changing, and we are often expected to use new technologies, without having the time and space to learn about these. There is also an element on not wanting to tred on anyone’s toes-asking to go on training by being told it is more suitable for someone else.

An idea we liked that was mentioned in the Corcoran and McGuiness article was an amount of amount of money being assigned to each staff member, for their own CPD. We discussed membership of CILIP, and the importance (or not) of revalidation. We agreed it was important to use each other as sources of support- do team members need to be more explicit in offering support, e.g. saying- ‘I am happy to assist people who have not written an article before’.


Meeting: 8 July 2016– Social Networking and Threshold Concepts

There was only one article this month:

Rush, L. (2016) Use of Social Networking Site Consumer Training to Teach Information Literacy Threshold Concepts,  The Journal of Creative Library Practice [Online] 31 May. Available from:



Meeting: 25 April 2016- The Authentic Self and Teaching Practice

The third meeting of the LAST Professional Reading Club took place on Monday, 25 April and the theme was “the authentic self and teaching practice”.

The articles selected were:

Enomoto, J. (2015). What I Learned as a Social Worker that Helped Me to Become a Better Teaching Librarian. Florida Libraries, 58(2), 14-18.

Kreber, C., & Klampfleitner, M. (2013). Lecturers’ and Students’ Conceptions of Authenticity in Teaching and Actual Teacher Actions and Attributes Students Perceive as Helpful. Higher Education: The International Journal Of Higher Education And Educational Planning, 66(4), 463-487.

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Meeting: 2 March 2016 — Librarians as Researchers


The second meeting of the LAST Professional Reading Club took place on Wednesday, 2 March.  From a suggestion at the inaugural meeting, the theme was “Librarians as Researchers” and the following articles were selected:

Picton, Miggie (2016) Facilitating a research culture in an academic library: top down and bottom up approaches, New Library World, Vol. 117 Iss: 1/2, pp.105 – 127
McCluskey, Clare (2013) Being an embedded research librarian: supporting research by being a researcher.  Journal of Information Literacy, vol. 7, no. 2 pp. 4-14.

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Inaugural Meeting: 29 January 2016– Assessment, Retention and the Academic Library


Friday, the 29th of January, marked the inaugural  meeting of the LAST Professional Reading Club.  The first two articles we selected (as they appeared to relate to the new Education Strategy) were:

Murray, A.(2015) “Academic Libraries and High-Impact Practices for Student Retention: Library Deans’ Perspectives,” portal: Libraries and the Academy. 15(3), 471-487. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ( )

MacAyeal, G. (2014) “A culture of assessment: Five mindsets,” College and Research Libraries News. June (75) pp.311-312 ( )

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