Monthly Archives: September 2019

2019 Workplace Learning Report by Almuth Gastinger

Some months ago I came across this report that has been published for the third time by LinkedIn.

Even if it focuses on learning and development in industrial companies, I think it is also of interest for libraries and information service institutions.

3,300 employees from various organisations were surveyed to create this report. This included 1,200 talent developers working in Learning & Development and Human Resources and 2,100 workplace learners.

The report supports in particular what IFLA CPDWL has been focussing on since its foundation: the importance of workplace learning and the continuing development of new skills. The survey also asked about the most wanted hard and soft skills in 2019, and the answers are somewhat similar to what we have got from libraries and librarians:

Soft skills:

  1. Creativity
  2. Persuasion
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. Collaboration
  5. Flexible approach (Adaptability)

Hard skills:

  1. Cloud computing
  2. Artificial intelligence
  3. Analytical reasoning
  4. People management
  5. UX design
  6. Mobile application
  7. Video production
  8. Sales leadership
  9. Translation
  10. Audio production
  11. Natural language processing

“Executives are increasingly looking to talent developers to support the business in strategic workforce planning, including attracting and retaining talent, and ensuring their people have the right skills for today and tomorrow,” the 2019 Workplace Learning Report states.

Companies should be investing in their people. As should libraries. That is exactly what the CPDWL section is promoting.

Read or download the full report here:

CPDWL Satellite Meeting 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia: RECAP

#WLIC2019 in Athens, Greece just ended as well as our CPDWL Satellite Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia in August!

Both were memorable conference experiences and drew many library workers and educators from around the world to convene and learn from one another! In this blog, I’ll highlight the CPDWL Satellite Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

We were fortunate to have a great partner for this conference planning: Croatian Library Association (CLA). The conference was held at the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia from Aug. 20-21. CLA also organized city and library tours in Zagreb for our 150+ delegates.

During the conference, on the first night, we had 15 poster sessions, many showcased initiatives and collaborative projects that supported library systems in different areas including STEM, interlibrary loan, emerging technologies and medical text repositories. We will have selected posters in the IFLA Library page shortly!

The next day concluded with a lot of exciting presentations, workshops and keynote addresses that focused on digital initiatives that libraries and information organizations can pursue to support smart societies. The workshops focused on key skill development for attendees ranging from strength finders to presentation delivery skills. All the papers are uploaded onto the website currently and will also be available in the IFLA Library. The conference allowed us to network during various times, and we really learned a lot from this experience.

To follow us more, we’ve also created a new instagram page @IFLA_CPDWL and remained active on twitter @iflacpdwl where you can find various posts about the conference under #CPDWL2019. Be sure to follow us for more updates!

We like to thank everyone for attending and all those involved in the planning process at various stages. It certainly does take an IFLA global community to put this together!

To conclude our experience, we’ve made a short video about it too (less than 2 minutes for you to view!