Applying for PDS

Qualification Criteria

To qualify for PP award, an applicant must fulfil ALL the following conditions:

  1. Engage in at least 12 professional development activities in the 2-year qualification period.
  2. Engage in activities from minimum of 3 out of 4 groups listed below
  3. At least 2 of these activities must be from Group A (Compulsory group)
GROUP A – PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (COMPULSORY)
A1 Study visit to other libraries and LIS-related organisations (local and overseas). Duration of at least one day.
A2 Participate in an internship or exchange programme
A3 Participate as committee member of LAS or any LIS related professional body (including conference organising committees, ad-hoc committees, etc)
A4 Participate in activities organised by LAS (e.g. AGM, LAS Conferences)
GROUP B – LEARNING EVENTS
B1 Participate in a conference, course, workshop, forum or talk on LIS and work related areas as the audience, chair, panel speaker or speaker. This include internally organised professional activities registered with LAS and are opened to LAS members
B2 Participate in e-learning course or online conference on LIS and related areas (excluding webinars)
B3 Participate in product/services briefing & demonstrations by vendor
GROUP C – CONTENT CREATION
C1 Contribute written paper, presentation or poster for at a conference, as single or joint author
C2 Publish book, book chapter or scholarly article in refereed journal or publication as single or joint author
C3 Write short article in published magazine or news bulletin (print or online) or personal commentary on LIS (>1,000 words)
C4 Develop course materials for LIS and related industry conducted for courses available to LAS members
GROUP D – INDEPENDENT LEARNING
D1 Professional reading as evidenced by certified reading log (24 items per year)
D2 Participation in study group or reading circle (registered with LAS) (per year)
D3 Independent learning project with documentation (per year)

Application Procedures

Download the PDS Activity Form here. This form can be used for January and July’s submission. Email completed forms and supporting documents to pds@las.org.sg

Be familiar with the types of professional development activities that qualify for endorsement by PDS. Engage in these activities. Keep proper records. You may download the application form from the PDS website and enter records of these activities once you completed them.

Once you achieved the minimum activities required, submit the form when LAS announce the invitation for PDS application. This happens twice a year, typically before January and July each year.

When filling in the activities, please:

  1. make sure you enter the correct category for each item
  2. do not enter any activity that is outside of the scope of activities as defined in each group. If the activity you have in mind cannot fit into any of the categories, it will not be accepted for assessment.
  3. enter more activities than is required in case some of your activities is not acceptable.
  4. use the format given in the guidelines in entering activities. This is to facilitate the work of the PDS assessor – remember that they are volunteers.

Format for reporting activities

Enter the activities in the online form according to the guidelines given. The explanation for the activities in each category is followed by the prescribed format of entry. Description of each activity is optional.

A PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (Compulsory)
A1 Study visit to other libraries and LIS-related organisations (local and overseas). Duration of at least one day.

Format:

<Library / Location / Organizer / Duration / Description>

Examples:

Singapore Polytechnic Library / Singapore / LAS / 1 day
Purdue University Library / Purdue, USA / NTU Library / 1 day

A2 Participate in an internship or exchange programme

Format:

<Library / Location / Organizer / Duration / Description>

Example:

Wuhan University Library / Wuhan, China / NTU Library / 2 weeks

A3 Participate as committee member of LAS or any LIS related professional body (including conference organising committees, ad-hoc committees, etc)

Format:

<Organization / Committee Name / Participation mode / Period / Description>

Example:

LAS / PSC / Chair / 2013-2014

A4 Participate in activities organised by LAS (e.g. AGM, LAS Conferences)

Format:

<Event / Location / Description>

Example:

LAS AGM / The Pod, NLB

B LEARNING EVENTS
B1 Participate in a conference, course, workshop, forum or talk on LIS and work related areas as the audience, chair, panel speaker or speaker. This include internally organised professional activities registered with LAS and are opened to LAS members

Format:

<Name of event / Location / Organizer / Participation mode /Description>

Examples:

35th Annual Conference / Helsinki, Finland / IATUL / Chair of Discussion Panel
PPM-LAS Joint Conference 2012 / Melaka, Malaysia / LAS & PPM / Speaker
SILAS Knowledge Sharing Session #21 / NLB / SILAS & NLB / Participant

B2 Participate in e-learning course or online conference on LIS and related areas (excluding webinars)

Format:

<Name of event / Organizer / Description >

Example:

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys: An MOOC course on Coursera / University of Michigan / I complete the 7-week which started on 14 Jul 2014.

B3 Participate in product/services briefing & demonstrations by vendor

Format:

<Name of product or event / Location / Vendor / Description>

Example:

Intota Demo conducted by Nick Mole / Temasek Polytechnic / ProQuest SEA

C CONTENT CREATION
C1 Contribute written paper, presentation or poster for at a conference, as single or joint author

Format:

<Title of paper, presentation or poster / Conference name & location / Authorship / Description>

Example:

A poster on Digital Repository at NTU: User Centred Services from Reusable Subject Metadata / IFLA 2013, Singapore / Sam, L.C. & Muralidharan, P.

C2 Publish book, book chapter or scholarly article in refereed journal or publication as single or joint author

Format:

<Citation of work / Description>

Example:
Choy F.C. (2011). “From Library Stacks to Library-In-A-Pocket: Will Users be Around?”, Library Management, v32 (1/2), pp62-72

C3 Write short article in published magazine or news bulletin (print or online) or personal commentary on LIS (>1,000 words)

Format:

<Citation of work / Description>

Example:

Ho, S.K. “Report on social media activities in SE Asian Libraries”. Singapore Libraries Bulletin Blog, Library Association of Singapore, 1 Apri 2013.

C4

 

Develop course materials for LIS and related industry conducted for courses available to LAS members

Format:

<Course title / Course organizer / Description>

Example:

Promoting use of e-resources: A half-day course / NTU Library / I developed the 3-hour course for librarians which was delivered by 2 other colleagues

D INDEPENDENT LEARNING
D1 Professional reading as evidenced by certified reading log (24 items per year)

Format:

<File of reading log submitted to PDS Board / Description>

Example:

Reading log file “ChenYC-RL-2014.doc” submitted to LAS on 28 Jun 2013

D2 Participation in study group or reading circle (registered with LAS) (per year)

Format:

<Name of study group or reading circle / Number of meetings attended during the period / Description>

Example:

Temasek Polytechnic Library Reading Circle / 4 times in 2013

See Guide to Reading Groups

D3 Independent learning project with documentation (per year)

Format:

<Name of project / Description of documentation / Description>

Example:

History of seal carving / Postings on blog, www.seaartproj.wordpress.com / I work as an art librarian and I embarked on this learning project to have a better understanding of the development of seal cutting, particularly in Sung Dynasty

Your applications will be assessed and verified by the PDS Board. Applicants can choose one of two options in verifying the activities that they engaged in:

Public display – Upon acceptance of an application by the PDS Board, the activities form for each application will be made available for public viewing for 2 weeks at the LAS website. Applicants need not submit any supporting documentation to prove the undertaking of the activities stated. If no queries and objections are raised by LAS members on the accuracy of the information submitted within one month, the award will be confirmed. The forms will be removed for viewing after 2 weeks.

No display – If the applicant does not wish to make their application form public, they must provide proof of attendance for all activities. Documentation for verification can include a certification by Head of Library, evidence of attendance from event provider, payment receipts, etc. Applicants need to pay an administrative fee of $50 to exercise this option.

After assessment and verification, the PDS Board will recommend your application to the LAS Council for the award of Practising Professional status. Your name will be listed on the LAS website for a period of 2 years.

Applicants may appeal to the LAS Council in the case of any disputes on the award of the Practising Professional status. The decision of the LAS Council after the appeal will be final.

Applicants must be fully paid-up professional member of LAS at the point of application to have their applications considered.