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Professional Development - @ your library

by Margaret Warner, Professor, Learning Resources

Professional development has been receiving more emphasis on campus in the past few years, with the creation of the Faculty Professional Development Office. In keeping with this focus, the Library has been acquiring resources to support professional development activities for some time.

One of the least-known campus resources is the Library’s professional collection. A part of the Teaching and Learning Center, it is housed in a clearly labeled part of the Index section in the Reference area (pending a permanent home for the Center). It consists of approximately 150 titles relating to various areas of teaching, pedagogy, and related professional concerns: assessment, critical thinking, leadership, scholarship, online learning/distance education, teaching and learning across the curriculum, and general community college issues. The collection also includes a few selected journal and newsletter titles: Adjunct Advocate; Change; Choice; College Teaching; Idea Exchange; Journal of Faculty Development; The Journal of Staff, Program & Organization Development; Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; National Teaching & Learning Forum; Planning for Higher Education; Syllabus; and Teaching Professor. PGCC faculty and staff may check out all of these materials. (Students may use the materials here in the Library.)

The general collections contain related book and audiovisual materials, and the online databases provide access to many more periodical materials (much of it in full text) – now available from home as well as on campus, at In addition, many other pointers can be found on the Library’s Web site. 

But, don’t forget the personal element. Any of the librarians is available to help you locate materials, form search strategies, and facilitate getting materials from other libraries. Interlibrary loan is alive and well, and more efficient now that many libraries are willing to fax journal articles. And, if you’re not familiar with all the online searching possibilities, remember that library instruction isn’t just for the classroom. Librarians are happy to sit down with you and answer any questions you might have.


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 19, No. 2

Spring 2004