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June 5, 2016

Mapping the Landscapes: Continuing Education/Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey

The Mapping the Landscape needs assessment in continuing education and professional development offers a broad and statistically reliable overview of current perceptions, needs, assets and barriers, levels of competency and confidence across and within archives, library, and museum professions in the United States.

Based on a comprehensive conceptual model, the Mapping survey data offers three valuable forms of information:

  • Descriptive and comparative information regarding professional development and competencies across the three sectors, framed within a carefully constructed taxonomy to promote clear communication across professional cultures.
  • Actionable data to promote evidence-based policy and program decision making in continuing education and professional development, including cross-sector collaboration in CE/PD program and curriculum development.
  • A robust database to serve as a baseline for future inquiry in this area, along with foundational research methodologies.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.