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February 20, 2009

Its in!!!!!

Well, I'm sitting in Ridgmount street Information Centre right now, having handed in, in triplicate, my finished portfolio!

Its a strange combination of relief and terror.

I'd like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Chris Bradford, my ever helpful and enthusiastic Mentor, and I'd like to wish the best of luck to anyone else submitting.

I'm not sure whether I will continue with this blog or not - but it will certainly sit here for the time being, at least until I know if I've passed!


January 24, 2009

Reflection question

Hi All,

As a lot of my evidence is not really reflective enough I am considering adding a reflective piece to the end of each section of the portfolio to bring it all together and add in something about my professional development etc. This would mean I had 6 refection pieces included as evidence that would all be written together at the end of the evidence collection period (next month).

Do you think this makes sense or do you think it will detract from the value of the personal/evaluative statement at the beginning?

Any ideas?

December 12, 2008

Maybe I dont have 3 months!

I was planning on getting my portfolio in for the 11th March Chartership Board, and this means I need to submit before the 11th February.

I still hope to do this, but it only gives me December and January to work on it and well, between now and then there is that little thing called Christmas (which, by the way is going to be fab because my boyfriend is taking me away - but thats another story) and there is also a LOT of work to do at work (surprisingly :-P ) and a PGA to think about.

Hmm, perhaps I shouldn't be writing this now, perhaps I should be doing something more constructive. . . . .

July 25, 2007

Mentor Meeting July

Today's mentor meeting was very productive, I had done a lot of preparation and we covered a lot of ground. Chris will send me notes soon and I'll add them here, but in the mean time I'll briefly list what was covered:

    • Follow up points from the last meeting (Time management/meeting with Helen/meetings with section heads)
    • PPDP - how much I have covered and what to do about the points still to address
    • Strategic plans - how the Library relates to the University plans and where my role fits in with the Science Team plans in relation to this
    • Departmental restructuring - how to address this in the portfolio
    • Potential CILIP courses to book on to fit in with PPDP

    Considering I have only been working on this for 6 months and I have another 18 to go I am quite far through and I think perhaps I can add some sections to the PPDP without being in any danger of not completing them.

    The first section I am adding is "Organisational and Strategic Context" and this will look at where the library fits into the University, how it supports University strategic plans and how this impacts on the local community, our students and staff. My own role in the organisation will be part of this.

    Additional action points arising from the meeting are:

      • Look at the IPSC (Information Policy and Strategic Committee) and how the Library is involved at a senior management level
      • Book onto the CILIP Financial Skills for Librarians course coming up in November
      • Look into attending the University, College and Research library group networking event in September
      • Look into which professional or special interest group publications might be appropriate places to send an article on the BMG project for publication

      Related links: (some may not be accessible to non-employees)

      University Mission Statement

      University Strategic Plan

      Information Policy and Strategic Committee

      Library Strategic Plan

      Library Regulations (set at University level)

      Library Rules and Regulations (set at Library level)

      Additonal Documentation (including implementation matrix) 

      How is everyone else getting on with PPDPS etc.?

      Notes have arrived already! See here: mentor_meeting_july_07.doc

        May 05, 2007

        Portfolio planning

        Well, I've spent most of my Saturday planning my portfolio structure. I decided it would be easier to work around a self-imposed structure right from the start, instead of trying to squash them into criteria categories later.

        I am following the Body of Professional Knowledge document written by Hertfordshire County Council Libraries. And also, obviously, the CILIP assessment criteria

        So my evidence will be divided into the following sections:

        1. Knowledge Management

        2. Applications Environment

        3. Transferable Skills

        4. Additional Considerations
        (there are bound to be some - the document was originally aimed at ACLIP candidates) 

        And each of these sections will contain evidence to show:

        1.  Ability to reflect critically on personal performance and evaluate service performance

        2. Active commitment to continuing professional development

        3. Ability to analyse personal and professional development and progression with reference to experiential and development activities

        4. Breadth of professional knowledge and understanding of the wider context 

        This will (hopefully) help me to decide which evidence should be submitted, based on how many actual criteria each piece fulfils.  And that (hopefully) will keep portfolio size down to a minimum.

        It should also concentrate my planning of what to do to meet the criteria.

        Does this seem like a good idea or am I being too anal about it all?? 

        (And no, it didnt take me all day just to come up with this! - but I cant type everything I did today here, or my hands would drop off and your eyes would bleed!) 

        April 25, 2007

        Chartership day

        Yesterday I attended the Chartership seminar at Wolverhampton University Harrison Learning Centre. It was really nice to go back there (I worked there for a year before coming to Warwick) and catch up with some people I havn't seen in months. We even managed a pub trip at the end of the day!

        I now have a better grasp on what the portfolio needs to contain, and how it should be structured.  I was alarmed initially at the 1000 word limit on the introductory report, but basically, that report is more like a glorified summary of contents than anything else, and the reflective practice gets documented in the portfolio evidence itself - by, for example, adding reflective writing as evidence following training courses or events.

        Frances Hall was a good speaker and very enthusiastic about everything Chartership-related. She had some examples of portfolios that CILIP had considered "excellent" and it was reassuring to see that they were not enormous or particularly complicated documents. Quality, not quantity!

        I think the course content was pretty much what I expected, and the exercises we did on reflecting on career history were kind of interesting, but because I am at the start of my Chartership, and because I am following the extraordinary route, I cannot really use past work as evidence - I only became eligible to charter in January and you can only include evidence from the point you became eligible. I need to be looking very much forward to find my portfolio evidence, and that made some of the exercises somewhat irrelevant to me. It did seem a bit like the facilitators were unsure about what the Extraordinary route was, and I did get a couple of odd answers to a couple of questions as a result, but with it being such a new thing and with so few people having followed it at this point it is hardly surprising that there is a degree of uncertainty.

        I think anyone considering Chartership needs to be aware that it is more work than most people will admit. Several people have said things like "oh you just collect evidence for a year then write the thing up in a weekend or so, it's easy - you do most of it in work hours".

        Well, I suppose some people could get away with that, but there is a lot of reflective writing expected, a lot of the evidence needs to be reflection on what has been done - a certificate is not enough proof that you attended a particular course - you need to give critique on the course and then show how it relates to your post and how it will affect your working practice.  There is much more to this than the things you can do in your normal working day. - I'm becoming more and more grateful for the blog!

        Are there any other Extraordinary Route candidates out there? I'm beginning to feel all lost again.


        April 21, 2007

        Warwick e–learning award

        Writing about web page /johnwaller/entry/e-learning_does_it/

        Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

        I've just seen this blog entry and I hadn't heard of the Warwick e-Learning Awardbefore, but I am now quite interested in looking into it - as if I don't have enough to do with my Chartership!

        I'll add more details when I've checked it out.

        March 22, 2007

        PPDP draft 2

        Following todays mentor meeting here is my updated PPDP. PPDP draft 2

        Mentor Meeting March

        March 17, 2007

        PPDP edit

        After the post I just made on blended learning and marketing I have decided to look into adding a section on promotion/marketing into my PPDP.

        This entry is really just a reminder to myself to discuss it with my mentor when we next meet. 

        March 13, 2007



        I have been approved by CILIP as eligible to register for Chartership. I am very relieved as I am taking the "Extraordinary" route and wasn't sure I would be accepted.  

        Next thing to do is sort out registration forms and finalise my PPDP.

        I have a mentor meeting on Thursday and I'm going to be hard pushed but I plan to get everything together before that meeting so we can just check the detail.

        Right then, off home for a quick cup of tea before I start on the preparation for Thursday, I think the next 2 days are going to be busy!

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