CaptureEarlier this year I decided to make a commitment to become an ALIA Certified Professional. In order to do this there are a few requirements I need to complete. I need to maintain a personal record of each Professional Development (PD) activity I do for a triennium and all activities need to amount to a minimum of 120 points.

If you area a member of ALIA – as I am – you will be familiar with the PDPosting email that we receive each month. These emails are an excellent way involve yourself in courses or causes and to keep abreast of what professionals in our industry think. Personally I have found them to be a great starting point to satisfy my curiosity and kick start my own investigations on topics the Information industry talk about.

Why did I decide to make this commitment now?

  1. It is practical – if I start now I will be a certified professional shortly after I complete my degree.
  2. It makes sense – a lot of the activities I wrote about in my blog last year could have gone towards this.
  3. It will be fun – I enjoy networking and learning and this scheme gives me chances to do both.

You may also be wondering what one gets at the end of this journey? Well after completing the requirements of the ALIA PD Scheme,  as I understand it, one gets to be a certified professional and earn one of following post nominals:

  • Associate Certified Professional – AALIA (CP)
  • Library Technician Certified Professional – ALIATec (CP)

But it is not just about the post nominals tough, it is about status, showing your commitment to learning and to this profession. And that’s all I want at the end of the day. To show that I am willing to learn and through that learning contribute something that will make a difference.

I encourage all my fellow students to consider putting some time aside each week to complete the activities for the ALIA PD Scheme. Doing so will open your mind to new concepts and give you the chance to meet new people.

Further information:
ALIA Professional Development
MyPD Tracking Tool glossary
ALIA career development kit

Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)