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A Janus moment
January 22, 2016, 12:28
Filed under: Chartership, CPD, Reflections | Tags: , , , ,

In preparing my 2015 CPD list and statement for revalidation I’ve been looking back over my professional goals for 2015, and am pleased to note that I didn’t actually do too badly at achieving them. (I also managed to log over 120 hours of CPD activities, and I’m quite sure that isn’t actually the full total – no wonder I never seem to have any free time!) Continue reading



CPD goals for 2015
January 8, 2015, 11:47
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Having just submitted my Chartership revalidation for 2014 I wanted to take advantage of the reflections this inspired and make a note of my professional goals for 2015. Continue reading



CPD 2013
February 1, 2014, 18:29
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I’ve just been adding my 2013 CPD activities to my portfolio space on the CILIP VLE, and I was pleased to note that I racked up 37 hours. This doesn’t take into account a couple of events which I didn’t write up and don’t remember enough about now; at least 4 hours reading ILIG Focus and 12 hours reading Update, which I didn’t log (though I may this year); plus easily another 20+ hours (also not logged) of SLA committee meetings and associated tasks – and I thought it had been a fairly quiet year on the CPD front! Continue reading



Some quick thoughts upon finishing my Chartership portfolio
January 16, 2013, 16:05
Filed under: Chartership, CILIP, CPD

My first professionally significant action of 2013 was to take a deep breath and press send on the email carrying my chartership portfolio to CILIP for assessment. Now that it’s all over (at least for the time being), I wanted to set down a few thoughts on the process and its benefits. Continue reading



Reflections on #chapowrimo
December 18, 2012, 23:58
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The idea behind #chapowrimo (aka Chartership Portfolio Writing Month) was a simple one – commit to doing a defined amount of work on your Chartership portfolio throughout the month of November. Continue reading



Planning, prevarication and seeing the bigger picture
November 9, 2012, 22:19
Filed under: Chartership, Events

I’ve recently been reflecting upon my event planning and management skills, in part prompted by some work I’ve been doing on my Chartership portfolio. I’m still trying to straighten out my thoughts so this post will probably be more rambling than usual, but if you can bear with me please do, and I’d really appreciate any advice you care to offer. Continue reading



#chapowrimo
October 25, 2012, 23:15
Filed under: Chartership | Tags: , , , ,

On twitter a little earlier today the ever-brilliant Helen Murphy coined the expression #chapowrimo, or Chartership Portfolio Writing Month. Based on the daily commitment to producing a certain wordcount espoused by participants in NaNoWriMo, this idea leapt off the screen at me as a great way to overcome my portfolio-finishing block. Continue reading



Brunch and Chartership in NYC
October 16, 2012, 21:50
Filed under: Chartership, CPD, Events

Last Saturday found me heading for 42nd Street, and the lovely Pershing Square cafe, to meet up with Kelly for our inaugural East Coast Chartership gathering.

Kelly and Emma at Pershing Square cafe

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Things I’ve been reading – September 2012
October 1, 2012, 01:17
Filed under: Chartership, CPD, Reading, Uncategorized

Continuing the series of posts about my online reading…

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Chartership 1.0
September 11, 2012, 17:05
Filed under: Chartership, CPD

Reading Jo’s post about her experience of the Chartership process prompted some rather self-critical thoughts. Apart from demonstrating the fact that Jo is terrifyingly well-organised, it reminded me that I had planned to use some more techy tools in my own Chartership but completely failed to do so. Did I even get near setting up a wiki? No. Did I use any productivity apps on my smartphone? No. Did I get any further than good old Word docs? No. Continue reading




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