Presentation given at the CLIC Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation staff development event (Professional development: mapping out your pathway) on 27 May 2010, held at the ATRiuM, University of Glamorgan.
Reflections on theChartership process: apersonal perspectiveHelen Bader, Assistant LibrarianRoyal Welsh College of Music andDrama
Overview How did I get here? My Chartership journey So how was it for me? My top tips Final thoughts
How did I get here? Part 1 BA (Hons) English and EuropeanLiterature FE library assistant – university vacations Postgraduate Certificate in ArtsAdministration Several years in non-library jobs – fromtheatre marketing to website editing
How did I get here? Part 2 2004 – studied full-time for MSc inInformation and Library Management(University of Bristol) Qualified in August 2005 First professional post - Project Managerfor a European-funded public/academiclibrary project (fixed-term contract for twoyears)
My Chartership journey #1 After 10 months in post – officially beganChartership process (August 2006) Intended to complete by end of contract(late 2007 / early 2008) … … but this didn’t happen! Chartering went on hold temporarily whilstI was looking for a new job
My Chartership journey #2 Took up current post in April 2008 atRoyal Welsh College of Music and Drama 1-year maternity cover Returned to Chartership process Hoped to complete by end of this contract(but then post made permanent inDecember 2008 )
My Chartership journey #3 Two different roles – had to rethink andrevise my portfolio Gradually things started to come together! Burst of energy in spring 2009 resulted insubmission in July Awarded MCLIP November 2009
So how was it for me?Negatives Lack of time duringworking week to spendon Chartership … … so hard to find energyfor it in my free time Overwhelming quantity ofpaper to sift through “Monkey on my back”Positives Mentoring relationship Reflective practice Thinking about CPDbecomes part of your job– not just an “add-on” Thinking about notcompleting the processhelped me realise howmuch I wanted to do it!
My top tips1. Support network Mentor CSO Manager / work colleagues Friends and family Other Chartership candidates
My top tips2. Assessment criteriaStudy the Chartership assessment form to seewhat the assessors are looking for Personal performance Service performance Continuing professional development Wider professional knowledge
My top tips3. “Reflective practice” Assessment form – “reflect critically” ; “evaluate”; “analyse” ; “professional judgement” Not just WHAT you did … but WHY you did it What you learned from it (what worked / didn’twork ; what you would do differently) How you will apply this learning / knowledge inthe future
My top tips4. Include examples of reflective practice Critically evaluate everything! Personalperformance, professional development,your service’s performance, application ofnew technologies into your service etc Learning log, CPD journal, blog ... Evidence for your portfolio
My top tips5. Streamline your portfolio Keep it focused – every piece of evidenceneeds to address the assessment criteria Annotate – don’t just include extracts fromdocuments without analysis / commentary If in doubt – probably best to leave it out!
Final thoughts #1 Get into the reflective practice habit – theaudit sheet on the CILIP website is anexample of a ‘learning log’ you could use Try and make time for Chartering – evenhalf an hour a week will get you a longway in a few months (and stop you feelinglike you’ve stalled)
Final thoughts #2Try not to feel daunted or overwhelmed bythe prospect of Chartering …The sense of achievement andprofessional satisfaction you’ll feel isdefinitely worth the effort!