Not library staff……they are extremely keen to learn about them, to learn how to exploit them, to support others in using them – this is just one of priorities identified from the training needs analysis survey by the National Training Programme (NTP) Task and Finish Group.
The purpose of the NTP group is to identify training needs to underpin the competencies required of library staff and also to identify priorities for their developmental needs. The group has representation from professional and paraprofessional staff and from areas across the country.
There are two main objectives for the group. The first is to develop a curriculum for a national training program which will equip staff with the competencies to meet their current roles and to develop their skills to meet the changing needs of the NHS.
Design and delivery of a biannual survey of development needs is the second main task of the group. This survey will be used to retrospectively identify training priorities, as well as identifying the prospective training needs of NHS library staff. These priorities will also be reflected in the national curriculum.
A training needs survey was conducted earlier this year and Apps were the most frequently requested development need identified by bands 3 & 4, bands 5 & 6 and were in the top 5 for bands 7 and upwards. Clearly “Apps” are a priority but further work needs to be done to address what library staff want to know, the variation between regions and even Trusts, and how it should be delivered.
If only there was “an app for that”….
If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us via the group chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the group
Pauline Blagden, Katherine France, Hugh Hanchard (Chair), John Loy, Janet Sampson, Gail Samuel