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Book reviews: practical CPD resource


Book reviews: Practical resource for CPD

Pratchett, T. et al. Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 224 pp. ISBN: 978 1 7833 0018 1. £54.95, £43.95 to CILIP members.

I RECOMMEND this well-written book to libraries in any sector in support of the continuing professional development (CPD) of their staff. Clearly structured with information framed through the book as a series of tips, it meets the objective of being a resource you can dip into rather than having to read from beginning to end. It is a good starting point for those exploring CPD from a strategic perspective as well as for any employees as it is bursting with practical suggestions. Theoretical grounding is given, which helps understand how and why people may behave, learn and develop, and how personal preferences may influence management styles. A wide range of learning style theories are outlined and well supported by additional references. The profession as a community of practice is evidenced in the recognition of those beyond the book’s authors who have contributed tips. A section entitled “Infrastructure” initially confused me. However, as you read on, it makes sense, and looks at the development of the whole person, not just training, and how all staff need a willingness to continually develop in our rapidly changing environment. Emphasis is given to workforce planning, and the authors draw out issues relevant to all managers including job descriptions, shortlisting, interviews, providing feedback, inductions and appraisals. This will be particularly useful for managers new to any of these core activities. An excellent variety of CPD activities and tools are highlighted including action learning sets, buddying, CILIP qualifications, Library Camps, group conversations, learning logs, meetings, projects, reflective practice, social media, time management and writing articles. Tips are concise but provide sufficient information to help you decide if you want to follow up tools either individually or for your team. It has certainly sparked thoughts for my own CPD action plan!

Suzie Kitchin University of Sunderland


Contributor: Suzie Kitchin, University of Sunderland
Published:  11 September 2018


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