National Library and Information Technicians' Symposium, 13-15 November 2019 Melbourne: Discover, Diversify, Dive In
This presentation (PowerPoint slides) accompanied a symposium workshop on professional development.
Session description: This workshop will help LIS professionals identify skills they already have and how they can transfer these skills to the job they aspire to have in the library world - but in a fun way! Librarians and Dragons uses gamification to promote professional development for librarians, and to encourage a different way of thinking about the skills that we can bring to the table to enter the industry or progress within it. The workshop brings in ideas and concepts from role playing games, such as dungeons and dragons, to offer a different way of viewing our professional development. The workshop will take participants on a quest through a library experience, using predeveloped characters, before tasking everyone to develop their own character profiles, focusing on their abilities (transferable skills), legendary items (qualifications) and completed trials (experience), and to begin thinking about other ‘quests’ we, as members of the LIS community, can go on to ‘level up’ our careers.