National Agenda provides action plan for strengthening workforce learning across libraries, archives and museums

Cultural institutions across the library, archives and museum (LAM) sectors seek solid footing on the ever-shifting sands of rapid change. Strengthening continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) at these institutions helps their staff deliver more relevant, successful services to their communities. Through collaboration and resource sharing across the sectors, leading institutions can accomplish more together than independently.

The newly published National Agenda for Continuing Education and Professional Development across Libraries, Archives, and Museums is a strategic planning framework ready to put into action at your organization. This framework is intended to guide the systemic strengthening of continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) across the landscape of funders, professional associations, program administrators, and trainers working with libraries, archives, and museums.

All library, archives and museum organizations with an interest in CE/PD are invited to consider how they might contribute toward these national, collective goals. Institutional leadership may find the National Agenda useful when conducting organizational planning, alignment, fundraising and awareness raising activities. Leaders, program hosts and administrators, designers, trainers and instructors can all find inspiration in the National Agenda.

The National Agenda synthesizes three years of planning efforts convened by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums (Coalition). Contributors include dozens of leaders from across the LAM fields, representing professional associations, training providers and other LAM-serving entities. Facilitation to generate and document the National Agenda was led by the Educopia Institute, using collective impact methodologies.

About the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums

The Coalition is an effort supported by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and administered by OCLC. It brings together diverse LAM CE/PD stakeholders to develop and strengthen efforts aimed at transforming the collective libraries, archives, and museums workforce. The Coalition demonstrates the value of collective action across sectors. Multiple projects supported by the Coalition illustrate the ongoing power of cross sector collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Mapping the Landscapes project is one example of success that grew out of a Coalition working group. With funding from IMLS, the project has advanced the strategy of data gathering and sharing, producing a shared lexicon and aggregated views of learning needs within and across the sectors.