Professional development remains a key priority for information professionals. However, obtaining continuing education is increasingly a personal responsibility; unsupported by employers. Vendors offer some free services to help customers learn about and effectively use their products. Many also provide more generalized professional development programs. These are, by no means, the only resources that librarians and information professionals tap to keep up with advances in their own field. While librarians read journals related to their work, they also take advantage of the web and the plethora of resources available in multimedia format such as videos and presentations available at Slideshare Inc. Everyone learns differently. The author finds podcasts and webinars to be particulariy helpful. She likes being able to multitask and often time-shift, listening when he can rather than when meetings are held or sessions are conducted. She could probably attend one web-based event a day -- and she often finds herself conflicted with two events held at the same hour.
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