So now, when people ask “why bother with CILIP?”, you know what to say(!)
MCLIP – or fully chartered is known as the GOLD STANDARD!
You’ve decided to look into becoming Chartered .You’re already an Affiliated member of CILIP and regularly read the Gazette and Update. . . . . ;-) The first thing to do is change your status (and subscription) to Associate Member then register with H.Q. as a Chartership candidate and find a mentor!
Take time over this – make sure your plan is workable & realistic (although it will change as you undertake the Chartership journey).
(for example - it took me nearly a year and I was asked to submit an extra piece of written work . . . . . just a gentle warning).
If you match any of the above criteria - then yes, you are!And there’s even one more criterion – (which was introduced in 2005) for those who may not fit any of the above . . . .
Introduced especially for people just like me!
All the above information is taken from CILIP’s Chartership Timeline – which appears on their website. Simply type ‘Chartership’ into the main search bar and you will find everything you could possibly want to know about the process – including some excellent examples and presentations by others . . .
And so it continues – it can sometimes seem like a very protracted process – but just stick in there – the journey is a worthwhile one. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be in my present job unless I was a Chartered Librarian – particularly as I haven’t got a degree in librarianship . . .
Using your own line-manager might seem like a good idea, at first. . . . But how can you honestly and impartially evaluate working practices within your own organisation without getting personal & possibly causing offence – it’s a difficult one – which is why CILIP recommend looking outside your own environs – as a ‘Health & Safety’ precaution, if you like . . .The ‘contract’ again is for your own protection and that of your mentor. Agree beforehand how many times you’d ideally like to meet up: once a month, or 4 times a year? Do either of you really want to be contacted at home in the evenings - or perhaps e-mail would be preferable? Do you expect instant responses – or do you think it’s reasonable to wait a week . . . . . etc., etc.
So why are CILIP so keen on this document?
What does it look like? Is it a complicated document?
If you haven’t had a look at the book by Margaret Watson, then I can definitely recommend it . . .
Basically, if I can do it – then so can you . . . You may be surprised to know that I didn’t begin working in a library until 10 years ago (I was a late developer!) I’ve learned a lot and come a long way since - Chartership was really worth it . . . . so good luck!
CDG Wales Managing Your Career Chartership Presentation
Before we look at Chartership – what is CILIP’s Framework of Qualifications?<br />“They are the only professional qualifications in library and information work in the UK. . . . .<br />. . . . and they are recognised globally.” <br />
They are only available to . . . .<br />Members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals<br />- there are 3 categories -<br />Certification – ACLIP <br />Chartership – MCLIP the Gold Standard<br />Fellowship – FCLIP <br />
The route to Chartership after certified Affiliate (ACLIP) status, you may decide to progress further . . . <br />You will need to be a library and/or information worker for at least two years (full-time equivalent) before submitting an application for Chartered Membership. <br />During this time you can register as a Chartership candidate, but you will have to become an Associate Member before you can submit your Chartership portfolio (this may mean a change in your subscription rate).<br />
You and your mentor will need to develop your Personal Professional Development Plan (PPDP) based on your own situation. <br />Your Certification PDPcan be used as the basis of this, but you will need to review, revise and further develop it during the period leading up to your Chartership submission. <br />Information on formal education courses and other training activities, that will help with your personal development, are available on the CILIP website: www.cilip.org.uk/training<br />
So, let’s review that . . . <br />When you apply for Chartered Membership you must be a current Associate Member. Complete and submit the Registration Form to Qualifications & Professional Development, CILIP, 7 Ridgmount St. London WC1E 7AE. Find a mentor, work with him/her and then submit your Personal Professional Development Plan (PPDP) within six months of registering. Your plan will cover 1 to 2 years of professional development - (depending upon whether you are a Pathway 1 or 2 candidate- details to follow . . . .)<br />
Attend a portfolio building course arranged by your local Career Development Group. <br /> Put together your portfolio and write a covering statement, with the guidance of your mentor, referring to the assessment form used by the Chartership Board. <br />Once you are ready to submit your application complete the submission form and send your portfolio to Qualifications and Professional Development, at CILIP H.Q.<br />From sending in a portfolio to becoming a Chartered Member can take between two to six months, and sometimes longer . . <br />
Am I eligible? You may register to Charter if you have: <br />Pathway 1 . . . <br />a CILIP accredited library and information degree or postgraduate qualification<br />Pathway 2 . . . <br />ACLIP Certification and sufficient professional level experience<br />an overseas library and information qualification accepted by CILIP<br />a non-accredited library and information qualification assessed at Scottish Qualifications Framework Level 10, or England, Wales and Northern Ireland Level HE4 and above.<br />
I was an extraordinary candidate! <br />a non-accredited degree level qualification and substantial professional experience (known as Extraordinary Chartership Candidates)<br />
Submitting the Chartership portfolio the process – (part 1)<br />YOU . . . .<br />Agree with your mentor that the portfolio is ready to be submitted – <br />Call CILIP HQ for an RS form – <br />Send in your portfolio – <br />(in triplicate: 3 printed copies or 2 printed & 1 electronic) with RS form and £50 fee <br />THEY . . . .<br />Send copies of your portfolio to a pair of assessors – <br />(If an assessor knows the candidate he/she must return the portfolio, <br /> which is then sent to another assessor) <br />Assess the portfolio individually, then discuss together -<br />
Submitting the Chartership portfolio the process – (part 2) <br />Registering as Chartered MemberThe newly Chartered Member is added to CILIP's register and receives a certificate produced by professional calligraphers - £20 in 2007<br />If they reject - the application is sent to a second pair (they do not see the original assessment) or the candidate is asked for more information - or invited to attend an interview.<br />If they accept - the portfolio is officially accepted at the next available Board Meeting. The candidate is informed by post and invited to register as a <br />Chartered Member of CILIP<br />If the second pair rejects . . . A decision is formally agreed at the next Chartership Board. Candidate is informed by post and given feedback to support future resubmission. <br />If the second pair accepts (split decision)Portfolio is seen by whole Board and discussed at the next Board Meeting. They may: reject, accept, or ask for more information . . . . <br />
Chartership – the criteria <br /><ul><li>an ability to reflect criticallyon personal performance</li></ul> and to evaluateservice performance<br /><ul><li>active commitment to continuing professional development
an ability to analysedevelopment and progression </li></ul> (with reference to experiential and developmental activities)<br /><ul><li>breadth of professional knowledge & understanding </li></ul> of the wider professional context<br />
So how do you get started? <br /><ul><li>keep a record and keep everything
use a diary, loose leaf binder, </li></ul> online tool - or even a shoe box (!)<br /><ul><li>think about evidence . . .
allow plenty of time</li></li></ul><li>Choosing a mentor . . . <br />Preferably not your line manager <br />Look outside your organisation <br />Arrange a first meeting <br />Agree a simple contract: duration & parameters<br />Write your PPDP together <br />
What Is a Development Plan?<br />A plan which identifies:<br />skill & knowledge needs<br />action to be taken to meet these<br />outcome required<br />people required to take this action<br />timescale/target date<br />review date and outcomes achieved<br />
Why Is a Development Plan Needed?<br />to help you take control of your development, keep yourself on track and reflect on outcomes<br />to inform CPD planning (e.g. for appraisal, negotiation with employer…), identifying priorities, costs, timescale etc<br />to act as a “route map” – to help you work out how to get from where you are to where you want to be<br />because the regulations say so!<br />
Professional judgement</li></ul>and - because they’re essential to the Framework of Qualifications too !<br />
Your portfolio is meant to<br />Give clear evidence of your professional development, which includes . . . <br />demonstrating your ability to select relevant information<br />reflecting objectively on your own performance and that of your employer<br />communicating effectively<br />
Consider the contents<br />Select everything that goes into your portfolio very carefully<br />
So, what must it contain? <br /><ul><li>A contents table
photographs, multimedia</li></li></ul><li>Don’t ignore presentation <br /><ul><li>You should submit in triplicate, clearly identified, </li></ul> accompanied by an application form and the submission fee <br /><ul><li>Use big enough files/folders – divided into clearly marked sections
Do not use acronyms or abbreviations without explaining </li></li></ul><li>Do<br />Present your evidence <br />logically and cross-reference <br />where appropriate<br />Clearly label each piece of evidence with its reference number<br />Add explanatory notes (if helpful)<br />
Do<br />Evaluate your training . . . <br />Who decided that you needed this training? Why?<br />Could you use your new skills straight away or was it more relevant to your future career development?<br />Did you actually use your new skills? <br />
Do<br />keep a training log<br />Date<br />Title<br />Reason for attending<br />Course contents and expected outcomes<br />At a later date, describe how/if you used the training - give an example if possible<br />
Do<br />evaluate your employer<br />Don’t just describe the library and its services<br />Outline a specific service/event/incident and evaluate its impact on users/staff/yourself<br />* evaluations, not descriptions *<br />
the STARevaluative technique<br />Situation<br />the background<br />Task<br />the problem<br />Action<br />what you did to resolve it<br />Result<br />what happened<br />
STAR example<br />Situation<br />Little use of expensive periodicals <br />Task<br />Increase periodical use<br />Action<br />Monitored periodical use with tick-sheets on covers and a brief questionnaire. Used this information to cancel some subscriptions and open new ones<br />Result<br />Periodical use increased<br />Positive feedback from users<br />(PS - what did you learn?)<br />
How can I tell if I’m evaluating?<br /><ul><li>if you are notdescribing
if you can demonstrate how you have put into practice</li></ul> what you have learned<br /><ul><li>if you are asking questions (and answering them)</li></li></ul><li>The reflective practitioner:<br /><ul><li>What have you achieved?
Where are you going?</li></ul>What do you need to get there?<br />
Finally, remember to . . . <br />Pay attention to detail<br />Attribute any collaborative work and indicate your own intellectual contribution<br />Address the Chartership<br />criteria<br />
Summary<br />Good presentation<br />Less is more<br />Be selective<br />Evaluate, don’t describe<br />Use your mentor<br />
With acknowledgment & thanks to . . . <br />Michael Martin & Margaret Chapman<br />CILIP Qualifications & Professional Development <br />Dr Miranda Morton<br />CILIP Chartership Board member<br />Margaret Watson – ‘Building Your Portfolio’ Facet, London, 2008 <br />
Any Questions ?<br />Pat Duxbury <br />p/t Business Information Librarian <br />University of Glamorgan <br />Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf <br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />CSO for South Wales (CDG – Wales) <br />http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/charteredmem/chartership.htm<br />