I've been encouraging my new colleague, Nicole Engard, to jump right into continuing education even though she's just finished her MLIS degree. I'm not being a meanie. My reason is based on my own experience of not getting enough cataloging training in library school. Anyway, here's a comment from Nicole reflecting on her recent experience:
On the subject of teachers - I have had two great instructors at PALINET continuing ed courses over the last month and it makes me wonder why these aren’t the kind of instructors I had in library school. Is it because they’re actually out there doing the work? Is it because they love their jobs (which you can really tell?) or is it just the setting? I don’t know, but I do think that if you’re just out of library school and feel like you’re maybe missing something or if you’re a librarian who wants to beef up your skills, taking a course from a librarian who is out there doing what they’re teaching is the way to go!
Wondering where to begin on your own post-degree educational journey? Start with the Library of Congress website, The Cataloger's Learning Workshop. I've taken many of these courses and they're excellent!