The long and winding road.
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CAMPBELL, F., MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 2000. The long and winding road. Library Association record, 102(4), pages 214-215.
For some years now, staff in the Library Association Professional Qualifications Department have noticed that, while a proportion of candidates for Associateship of the LA complete the necessary requirements fairly quickly after registering, a significant number follow a quite different pattern. Some take several years to complete; some have still to submit several years after registration; and a number drop out of the registration process completely. The reasons for such patterns of progression and non-progression were unknown, but it was thought that finance and the possibility of enhanced career progression were significant factors. Supervisors of candidates also seemed to be uncertain as to whether there were particular characteristics that would make a candidate more likely to succeed. With this in mind, the School of Information and Media at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen recently conducted a study on behalf of the LA. This aimed to examine the factors that have an impact upon the length of time taken to achieve Associateship, and to gather attitudinal data on the benefits of the qualification, barriers to successful completion, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).