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February 06, 2009

Photo Competition

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CILIP West Midlands are running a photo competition and want you to get involved.

You can submit any photo you have taken of any kind of library as long as it is located in the West Midlands.

The winning shot will be published in CILIP Update, the journal of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals.

For further information and to join the Flikr group where the photos are being posted, go to:

April 15, 2008

Legal issues for Librarians

On 18th March I attended a seminar run by our e-Repository manager Jenny Delasalle. It covered copyright issues related to the Institutional Repository she is running at Warwick, "WRAP".

There were presentations by Jenny, Clayton Jones, the University's Legal Compliance Officer and Sophia Jones from the RSP.

At the moment copyright is something I feel I should be looking into more, as it becomes a hot topic with the WRAP and so something very relevant to more and more of our work with academic departments.

The front page of CILIP Gazette on 21st March, just a few days after Jens seminar, signposted us towards Keeping Within the Law, a new web site about to be launched to offer a place for Information Professionals to keep up to date with legal issues that affect them. It will require a subscription, and I have yet to see whether any of the content is freely available, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for when it goes live.

It certainly seems that now is a good time for me to start educating myself about all this! 

October 22, 2007

CILIP members day

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I emailed the Lis-Reg list asking if any charterships candidates were attending on Thursday. I had one response. There may have been chartership candidates there who did not reply or who are not on the email list, but I was very surprised at the low turn out of chartering candidates.

Why are Chartership candidates not showing more interest in the future of CILIP?

Most of the attendees were, well, rather mature in years, and it concerns me that younger people, and new professionals are not stepping in to ensure our professional future.

I know there is a lot of disillusionment among younger professionals about how CILIP performs, but from listening to more mature members last Thursday it is clear that there is also concern about the same issues from them. Retired members had a lot to say as well.  It did not stop them from attending, and it certainly did not stop them from expressing their concerns.

How can CILIP be expected to serve its member community if it doesn't know what they want?

I am aware that many members and ex-members of CILIP are unhappy with what CILIP does or does not do for them (myself included). But perhaps we should be working to change things from the inside? Otherwise, with the apparent continual decline in membership and poor financial situation we could end up with no professional body at all.

Is this what we want when we are fighting against deprofessionalisation in all sectors??

There is currently a lot of discussion about the problems with Cilip qualifications (see some examples below) - perhaps the survey sent out recently is one way to start making in-roads and giving Cilip the kind of feedback they so desperatly need. 

DearGreenPlace Library Too

August 10, 2007

CILIP subscriptions


I have been concerned for a while that I seem to have stopped receiving CILIP publications in the post.  I have checked that I am still registered as a member on the web site and I am, but I am registered as an Affiliate, not an Associate, and if this is what they have on record then I am potentially ineligible to charter.

I have emailed them a couple of times and had no response.

Eventually I called them this morning.

Apparently there have been some problems with the Direct Debit system and some memberships are considered to be lapsed as a result. Cilip are in the process of contacting affected members, but if you are concerned I suggest you contact them as soon as possible.

My main concern is that if I am considered not to be an Associate member throughout the whole of the evidence collection period, it may affect my chartership submission. 

Just thought I should let you know.

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.


March 15, 2007


Well, I have drafted my PPDP draft 1 and now need to fill in registration forms and inform CILIP that Chris has agreed to be my mentor.

The PPDP is a bit tricky, I'm not really sure how many areas to address and how much detail to include for each one.

I will discuss this with Chris when we have chance to meet. (Todays meeting had to be cancelled).

Katrina, a awhile ago, gave me a copy of a document called "Chartership Reader". It looks to be hints and tips on the Chartership process and could well be really useful. It is quite hefty though and I think I need some time to browse through and decide how much of it I want to read. I'll take it home this weekend.

I'm also beginning to feel that the amount of Professional reading required is going to be rather a lot, and I'm going to have to start thinking about structuring some of my time outside of work to make room for Chartership work. (I should probably start by planning to spend an hour sitting down with the CILIP Update and Review each time they arrive in the post, I am guilty of skimming them over rather quickly).

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!

February 23, 2007

Next steps

Well, the next steps, which I intend to start taking while waiting for a response from CILIP on my "Extraordinary" status, (partly because I am reassured by my mentor that I will probably be accepted and partly because I am excited and impatient), are to get all the paperwork bits completed for registration.

1 - Mentoring agreement (awaiting word from CILIP on this one actually, then will complete with my mentor)

2 - Registration form - already filled in - aren't I efficient ;)   (Yeah, watch me have to ammend it when the time comes because I've done something silly in my haste!)

3 - PPDP - Hmm, this one's a bit scarey. I think I will identify what I WANT to do and then see how it fits with the Body of Professional Knowledge and fill in any gaps.

I'm really looking forward to doing this!

PS - I wondered, as other people (certainly at Warwick and probably in a lot of other organisations) seem to be using blogs to record their Chartership experiences, perhaps there is gain to be had by making this blog thing a bit more interactive, and using it to contact other candidates, offer each other feedback etc. Bit of networking. Jess and I discussed this yesterday and plan to send an email to the Chartership list, and to any librariany types we know - see what response we get.

February 22, 2007

In the beginning . . .

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After something of a patchy and unsatisfying employment history, (involving jobs as diverse as Stable Hand, College Attendance Monitor, Waitress and Head Injury Rehabilitation Worker) I found myself, completely by accident, working in a 6th form college learning centre in NCN Nottingham, and I LOVED it.

It was the first job I had that I wanted to do more of and when I left Nottingham 2 years later I wanted to continue in a similar path. Next stop was Wolverhampton University Learning Centres where I held 3 separate part time posts and benefited greatly from the range of experience that gave me.

All good things must come to an end, and after about a year, when my contracts finished at Wolverhampton, I took my current post at Warwick University Library.  By then I had decided that maybe I should be making an attempt at a career in academic libraries, rather than just jumping about from job to job as I had previously been prone to doing.

And so to Chartership!

So here I am. I've been at Warwick 6 months and have just taken the first step and posted (this very afternoon) my initial application to register to Charter.

I am intending to take the Extraordinary Route (B) to Chartership, as I do not have a LIS qualification, (well, I have an NVQ level 2, but I'm not sure that counts!!) so I am hoping that my work experience to date, and various relevant training in information-type-stuff, will be enough for CILIP to consider me "Extraordinary". (I'm not sure I like the sound of that, but I guess it's the only option I have).

I have been very fortunate to find a very enthusiastic mentor within Warwick itself, Chris is proving to be full of energy and I think that's just what I need to keep the momentum going for a whole 2 years! I'm also lucky to have friends in Jess, doing the same job as me in another team, just starting out on the Chartership road, and the ever-helpful Katrina and Charlotte (also embroiled in the Chartership process) to work with too. (And while we are singing praises, it doesnt hurt to have a supportive and pro-development manager either!)

I expect Chartership to be harder work than is generally publicised, but I also expect to get a lot out of the process.

I'd love to hear from anyone following any route to Chartership, feel free to comment/advise/berate as appropriate.

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