Practising What We Preach: Developing a Professional Reading Group for the Library Academic Support Team

  • Alison Park Leeds Beckett University
  • Erin Nephin Leeds Beckett University


This paper briefly considers the value of reading or journals clubs for the continuing professional development of library staff. It suggests that a reading club is not just a mechanism for keeping up to date with developments in the sector but can also be used to facilitate the development of a more robust and proactive culture where librarians perceive themselves increasingly as research active to inform and develop their own practice. It considers the Academic Support Team within Libraries and Learning Innovation (LLI) as an example.

Author Biographies

Alison Park, Leeds Beckett University
Academic Librarian, Libraries and Learning Innovation, Leeds Beckett University
Erin Nephin, Leeds Beckett University
Library Academic Support Team Manager, Libraries and Learning Innovation, Leeds Beckett University