Highlights from the 2014 CPDWL Annual Report

CPDWL has a healthy membership. On December 31st the section had 85 registered members. There were 16 Standing Committee members and 4 Corresponding members.

CPDWL has had a strong connection with the Knowledge Management Standing Committee over the years. In 2014, there was a Satellite conference in Lyon organized by CPDWL and KM titled “Knowledge Management as a vital tool for Change Management” on August 15th 2014.

CPDWL also partnered with KM and the Library and Research Services standing committees on a program titled “Learning Challenges for Librarians and Library Managers: A Knowledge Cafe“ during the IFLA conference in Lyon. The session was very well attended. During the session, attendees were given the opportunity to choose from a number of topics such as team building, team leadership, mentoring and coaching, staff training, etc. Moderators of each table managed the discussion. A rapporteur at each table gave a short summary of the main topics at the end of the session and also wrote a summary for the CPDWL blog so colleagues who were not able to participate in Lyon had the chance to follow the program details afterwards.

For the third consecutive year, CPDWL and the IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group partnered with the American Library Association to present a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, library associations and library schools, library-decision makers, and all library workers. The webinars are a great opportunity for membership participation via new worldwide online programming. The series title is: “New Librarians Global Connection: Best practices, models and recommendations.“ In October 2014, for the first time, series of seven webinars in Spanish and Portuguese were attended by 1769 participants.

Plans are also underway for the 2015 CPDWL Satellite conference in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa. The program “Taking charge of your LIS career: Personal strategies, institutional programs, strong libraries” will cover workshops, lectures, poster presentations etc. and will include the key initiatives of IFLA, the Trend Report and the Lyon declaration.

In addition, CPDWL will have a Satellite conference in 2016 in the United States, too. An organizing group is working on the program.

One last sad note is that Linden Fairbain, one of our standing committee members, passed away. We have happy memories of how positive Linden always was and her dedication to the library profession. We will miss her very much.

For more information, the CPDWL 2014 Annual Report is published on the website of CPDWL.

CPDWL 2014 Annual Report