The staff training and development initiatives at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) libraries

  • Janine Lockhart
  • Sulaiman Majal


Library staff training and development is a crucial element in ensuring positive user experiences within libraries. A staff component consistently exposed to relevant training and development interventions should not be underestimated. This paper will explore the processes and methods used at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries (CPUT Libraries) to ensure that its staff has well planned and relevant learning opportunities and interventions. An overview of skills development in South Africa as well as policies, guidelines and procedures that inform the process will be discussed. The paper further unpacks a holistic staff development approach, namely, a three year special skills plan, a performance management process including development needs, annual training plan and implementation. Collaboration and partnerships between various stakeholders are crucial for the success and effectiveness of the implementation process, viz, university human resources learning and development (HR L&D) department, Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), Cape Library Consortium (CALICO) and accredited training providers. The paper will also discuss some return on investment (ROI) strategies. This article will give specific examples of how these staff training interventions link to positive user experiences.

Innovation, no.45, December 2012

Author Biographies

Janine Lockhart
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Library
Sulaiman Majal
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Library

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eISSN: 1025-8892