ANZTLA and the ALIA Professional Development Scheme A Survey

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Kerrie Burn

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This paper reviews the results of a survey of members of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association (ANZTLA). The survey asked whether ANZTLA members were also members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and ALIA's Professional Development Scheme. It also sought general comments about professional develpment in the theological library environment. The implications of these results for the ongoing professional development of theological librarians are discussed, and some of the challenges that limit or prevent individuals from pursuing professional development opportunities are noted. A number of questions for consideration, and areas for potential further research are also proposed. If ANZTLA wishes to take a more active role in advocating for the value of professional development for its members, these may assist the organisation to determine the most appropriate path forward.

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