Public Libraries Abundant Source of Professional Development Resources

Branch Manager Karnecia Williams at Inglenook Library's 2014 grand re-opening.

A few weeks ago, I attended the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Denver, Colorado. The experience was enriching and reaffirmed the passion that I have as a librarian and the impact that I would like to make in the community that I serve. I attended several sessions and interacted with librarians from all over the country and from unique libraries. I was able to exchange ideas and share my experiences on many levels—from the overarching passion to some of the frustrations—and listen to those of other librarians. That part of the experience was especially liberating and therapeutic and that, along with the sessions that I attended, made me realize the importance of professional development.

Professional development in any field is a necessity in order to stay relevant and knowledgeable of different trends and changes and to even evaluate job performance objectively. Additionally, studies on professional development prove that when employees are well trained and receive continuous training, they become more productive and empowered thus increasing the morale of the organization; it can also prevent apathy. So, take advantage of the opportunities provided to you to become adept in your job. You will not only become more productive and valuable, but also confident in your own abilities.

For more information on the training needed to become your best at your job, stop by the Birmingham Public Library for self-help and instructional books, audiobooks, DVDs, and databases in a variety of topics. The library also offers classes and workshops to help you learn or sharpen your financial, business, and technological skills. Check out the calendar of events to see what's currently available.

Karnecia Williams
Inglenook Branch Library