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23 things for professional development, training and networking in hard times / Katie Birkwood
 

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A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.

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    23 things for professional development, training and networking in hard times / Katie Birkwood 23 things for professional development, training and networking in hard times / Katie Birkwood Presentation Transcript

    • 23 thingsfor professional developmenttraining and networking in hard times Katie Birkwood University Library Cambridge
    • „23 Things‟ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte &Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August2006.
    • the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about thenew and emerging technologies that are reshapingthe context of information on the Internet today”
    • new and emerging technologies
    • new and emerging technologiesa 23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try outand asks them to write a blog post about each of them.things are introduced according to a schedule, butparticipants choose when to do each thing.blogging is intended to encourage support andcommunication amongst and between participants.
    • 23 things has been hugely popular…
    • 23 things has been hugely popular…483 versions have been noted by the PLCMC organisers,including: public libraries, university libraries, school libraries, health libraries, archivists, parents, museums, school administrators, teachers… USA, UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Australia…
    • 23 things for prof dev (aka cpd23) is the same… …but different
    • cpd23 in a nutshell“doing for continuing professional development toolswhat other 23 Things programmes have done for socialmedia and web 2.0”
    • the people
    • the people this is Niamh Page cpd23 was her brainchild
    • the peoplethese peopleallvolunteeredor wereinvited tohelp
    • organisation
    • organisationlike a patchwork quiltdifferent people contributed different skills: organising the course writing the blog posts entering data helping with publicity engaging with & supporting the participants
    • who is cpd23 for?
    • who is cpd23 for? everyone and anyone who‟s interestedany age, any sector, any level of employment, any level of prior knowledge, anywhere in the worldfrom those just starting to consider a career in libraries & information to seasoned professionals nearing (or beyond) retirement
    • the things Start a blog Meet the other participants Online presence & personal brandCurrent awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practice Keeping organised: Google Calendar Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote KeepingFilesharing Collaboration: wikis Catch-up week Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike Publication Presenting information: Prezi & Slideshare Podcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • the things the 23 things chosen for cpd23 were selected to help people with Start a blog Meet the other participants their career development and also to help them learn new Online presence & personal brand technological skills.Current awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practice these two goals aren‟t mutually Keeping organised: Googleexclusive, and the use of the Calendar technological tools for Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote Keeping professional life was always kept Catch-up weekFilesharing Collaboration: wikis in view. Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike the things fell into a number of Publication Presenting information: Prezi & Slideshare different categories… Podcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • traditional cpd Start a blog Meet the other participants Online presence & personal brandCurrent awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practiceKeeping organised: Google Calendar Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote KeepingFilesharing Collaboration: wikis Catch-up week Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike Publication Presenting information: Prezi & SlidesharePodcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • technology & web 2.0 Start a blog Meet the other participants Online presence & personal brandCurrent awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practice Keeping organised: Google Calendar Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote KeepingFilesharing Catch-up week Collaboration: wikis Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike Publication Presenting information: Prezi & Slideshare Podcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • social Start a blog Meet the other participants Online presence & personal brandCurrent awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practice Keeping organised: Google Calendar Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote KeepingFilesharing Collaboration: wikis Catch-up week Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike Publication Presenting information: Prezi & Slideshare Podcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • personal Start a blog Meet the other participants Online presence & personal brandCurrent awareness: RSS, Twitter, Pushnote Online networks Offline networks Reflective practiceKeeping organised: Google Calendar Formal training Informal training organised: Evernote KeepingFilesharing Collaboration: wikis Catch-up week Events References: Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike Publication Presenting information: Prezi & SlidesharePodcasts and screencapture Integrating 1-19 into daily life Career paths Job applications Final reflection
    • venue cpd23.blogspot.com
    • venue an introduction to each tool or idea was posted on the cpd23 cpd23.blogspot.com blog. the blog also has a list of participants, details of the organisers, extra-curricular information (e.g. meetups, conference papers…)we set up places for participants to talk to eachother: Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook
    • timetable20 June 2011 Thing 1 was posted10 October 2011 Thing 23 was posted30 November 2011 certificate deadline1 December 2011-- cpd23 blog remains available for anyone who wants to work through the course or dip into individual Things
    • publicity
    • publicity Twitter blog postsmailing lists LIS newCILIP branches and professionalsgroups networkother library word of mouthassociations (explicitlyconferences encouraged)
    • mid-presentation interval
    • mid-presentation interval remember to look away from the screen now and again to prevent eye strain!
    • participants we had
    • participants we had
    • participants we had registered participants
    • participantsthere was no obligation to register to participate.registration meant that other people would know youwere participating, and could find your blog.we created a feed of participating blogs, so that peoplecould see who was writing what.we kept a structured list of those taking part, taggingthem according to location and sector (informationsupplied voluntarily at registration).
    • where? Germany (1) France (1) Australia (22) Latvia (4)Hungary (1) Israel (1) Italy (8) USA (182) Ireland (24) Thailand (1) Netherlands (1) Sudan (1) Canada (9) Phillipines (1) UK (511) Belgium (2) Trinidad & Tobago (1) India (1) Serbia (1) Sweden (1) Spain (1) New Zealand (15)
    • types of work? corporate (33) graduate trainee (11) arts (1) FE (74) state library agency (3) unemployed (12) charity (11)research library (5) architecture (2) special (13) library association (2) health (57) law (15) archives (4) HE (316)careers service (2) prison (1) information centre (1) private library (3) museum library (6)government (11) digital repositories (4)information management (1) consultant (2) school (61) advocacy (4) learned society/professional body (3)freelance (2) national library (4) communications (1) media (1) church (1) rare books/special collections (5) EU information (1) military (1)historical society (1) volunteer (6) student/researcher (27)public (135) IT/systems (4) newspaper (1) social care (1) automation network (1) retired (1) library service (1) school
    • relevant to the Historic Libs Forum? corporate (33) graduate trainee (11) arts (1) FE (74) state library agency (3) unemployed (12) charity (11)research library (5) architecture (2) library association (2) special (13) (57) health law (15) archives (4) HE (316)careers service (2) prison (1) information centre (1)private library (3) museum library (6)government (11) digital repositories (4)information management (1) consultant (2) school (61) advocacy (4)freelance (2) learned society/professional body (3) national library (4) communications (1) media (1) church (1) rare books/special collections (5) EU information (1) military (1)historical society (1) (6) volunteer student/researcher (27)public (135) IT/systems (4) newspaper (1) social care (1) automation network (1) retired (1) library service (1) school
    • cpd23 in statistics*participation: 780+ registered 78 completed evaluation survey 54 registered for completer‟s certificatemost useful Things: consider your personal brand, creating a blog, meeting the participants, reflective practice, job applications *numbers as at 8.11.11
    • highlightsThere were hundreds of brilliant blog posts written anddozens of consistently amusing, thought-provoking orjust plain helpful posts.Here‟s an exceedingly edited selection taken fromcomments on the evaluation form…
    • highlights
    • highlights Helen Murphy‟s posts are always funny, liberally sprinkled with attractive photos, and have plenty to say about the Things in question.
    • highlights
    • highlights Nikki was described as “a very interesting and generous blogger”
    • highlights
    • highlights A lot of personalities shone through…
    • highlights
    • Several posts discussed issues that are central in currenthighlights debates about the profession and stirred up plenty of discussion themselves. This one considered the value of professional organisations such as CILIP…
    • highlights
    • …this one sprang out ofhighlights disagreements about just what „advocacy‟ means, and how central it is (or isn‟t) to professionalism.
    • so, did people enjoy cpd23?we asked participants to sum up their cpd23-experiencein a six-word story.here are a few of them…
    • “I registered, I blogged, I grew always challenged. sometimes overwhelmed. never bored.useful, informative, flexible, enjoyable, qualityresource jumped in, learnt loads, shared loads
    • “made me do; made me think. a positive, career-focused professional experiencesharing begets sharing. everyone wins: result! I feel part of a community
    • Complaints?“I was slightly disappointed that there was less new tome content. But the new stuff was interesting and Imusing some of it in my work routines.” “Some things were a bit tricky to use because they were filtered at my place of work and I wanted to see how I could use them in a work context, e.g. dropbox and Evernote”“I struggled to keep up-to-date”
    • so what?why is the „23 Things‟ modelof use or of interest in hardtimes?
    • it‟s free
    • bite-sized
    • time it to suit you
    • time it to suit youdip in and outmake use of small amounts of timetake time off when you‟re busy andcome back later
    • contacts and support
    • contacts and supportsocial media fosters communication, collaboration,learning, understanding, recommendations, currentawareness, friendships...
    • tips & tricks: participantsit‟s not a raceengage with other participants: ask for advice, commenton their posts, share your thoughtsor don‟t: several people took part „silently‟ by reading andthinking about the Things but not bloggingwork with colleague or friend to help each other out andkeep motivatedyou don‟t have to like every Thing: keep the good onesand bin the rest.
    • tips & tricks: organisersuse online tools to manage your workflows, organise yourmaterial, share ideas, hold meetings and to get helpask for help when you need itembrace the unexpected and the serendipitousdo plan, but don‟t try to be perfect
    • all images adapted from Creative Commons photographs found on FlickrLeo Reynolds (1-2, 4-5, 7-9, 12-14, 17-20), Simon Scott (3), CarbonNYC (6), greenchartreuse (11), always13 (10), opusinfinity (15), duncan (16, 21), Leigh Harris (22), & fraumrau (23) „wip‟ by Christiane Struck „Highland Theatre‟ by lesley middlemass „designer‟ choloates by Alex Gaylon „Mankind‟ by Éole Wind ‟57 reasons to rob‟ by Niecieden „clock stencil‟ by Dan Machold „Free stuff‟ by Lee Bennett „One Pound?‟ by Tom Lynch „puppies‟ by Muchał Grajkowski See http://bit.ly/ttIvzu for details
    • find out more at cpd23.blogspot.compresentation by Katie Birkwood and shared under aCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence.