Hope you had a great weekend!
I was just reading Megan Ingle’s post “Who says I am a professional?” this morning, and it got me thinking – what makes you an information or library professional? Do you view yourself as a professional?
Is it something you confer upon yourself or is it once you become professionally registered through LIANZA or a national library association?
For one of my papers through the Open Polytechnic, 72370 Information Issues, we were required to reflect on how we felt as information professionals at the end of the course. I remember putting most of my emphasis on “growing into an information professional”. I felt that I had come a long way, but that I had an equally long way to go. As an information professional (and indeed any professional), you need to keep on learning and growing – you can never know it all!
I think being an information professional is a lot about attitude – if you are teachable, curious, willing to learn, explore, and reflect – you will be an excellent information professional. You cannot remain static and be an information professional.
There are different ways of doing this – whether through a formal registration program or informally through online interactions, face-to-face events (like conferences and meet-ups), etc…
So what are your thoughts? Are you an information professional? And how do you know?