by Aingeal Stone, Head Editor, INALJ Northwest Territories
Why Lifelong Learning is Important
We all have different reasons for pursuing, or not pursuing, continuing education in our fields. In my post today I want to tell you about my personal educational journey and I have a few relevant links in support of personal development to those of us making careers in this information society.
Read Susanne Markgren’s post Lifelong Learning in Librarianship: Classes and Beyond at http://lisjobs.com/career_trends/?p=272.
I graduated from a two-year diploma program as a library technician in 1985. I was 20 years old and had had enough of formal education. I worked 19 years in a public library after graduation and it was one of the best experiences of my life; career wise I was fulfilled and content. I got married and had a family in that time but over the years, especially as my children grew to be independent, I felt I was ready for more challenge.
Read Guy Robertson’s article in Feliciter (54)2, p. 57, File under Tango: Lifelong Learning for Library Technicians at http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Vol_54_No_2&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=5255.
In 2008 I was working in the library of a small community college. My supervisor encouraged me to pursue courses offered at the college since tuition was waived for employees. I began taking courses in leadership, and then I began taking courses in adult education. I found that my attitude toward post-secondary had changed since I graduated college in 1985. I enjoyed learning and my marks were better than they had ever been 20+ years ago!
Read Why you should be a Life-long Learner by Barrie Davenport at http://liveboldandbloom.com/01/self-improvement/why-you-should-be-a-life-long-learner. (I only recommend you read the article, not any product or service the author may be promoting.)
I explored my options and then enrolled in a baccalaureate program in 2010 that I could complete entirely via distance education. I am currently six courses away from completion. I also completed the Library Technician Post-diploma Certificate through the University of the Fraser Valley in 2012. This program is offered through online education. I now have three years of library education to my experience.
My goal is to complete at least one graduate degree. So far I am considering the Master of Information Management offered through Dalhousie University or the Master of Digital Education (or both) from the University of Edinburgh. I will explore my reasons for exploring those specific programs in a future post.