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CPD for the new professional Katie Moore


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Katie Moore, University of Reading , Paper for ALISS AGM 2018

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CPD for the new professional Katie Moore

  2. 2. ABOUT ME • Trainee Liaison Librarian for Education and Modern Languages at University of Reading (October 2017) • Weekend Services Assistant at University of Sheffield (Jan-Apr 2017) • Several weeks volunteering at public libraries • Two weeks work experience at University of Leicester Library • Recently started working towards chartership
  3. 3. WHAT IS CPD? • “Continuing professional development (CPD) is the intentional maintenance and development of the knowledge and skills needed to perform in a professional context. This could mean honing current skills, it could mean developing them to a new level, or it could mean learning new ones that will allow an employee’s job role to expand or prepare them for potential promotion.” (CPD standards office)
  4. 4. WHAT DOES CPD MEAN FOR NEW PROFESSIONALS? • Doesn’t necessarily mean taking on lots of extra work, going to events etc. • About reflecting on what you already do and how you can improve your skills and knowledge • About identifying areas you want to develop and discovering how to do so • Thinking about your career more broadly and how you want to progress
  5. 5. KEEPING TRACK • Keep a log of any CPD activities •Try to write up notes on events/projects as soon as possible while they’re fresh in your mind • Find out which areas you are weaker in and what you want to improve
  6. 6. GET INVOLVED IN GROUPS AND PROJECTS • Ask to be on a group focusing on something different to your normal work e.g. Induction group • Volunteer to chair or take minutes in meetings e.g. on social media group • Lead on small projects e.g. to produce library ‘freebies’ for freshers • Join groups outside your institution/sector – start with CILIP groups
  7. 7. LOOK FOR THINGS TO IMPROVE • Information for staff, policies, strategies etc. that could be updated or improved e.g. updating social media strategy, restructuring intranet pages • Processes that could be completed more efficiently e.g. social media statistics • How you personally can contribute to this • What skills you need to hone in order to improve things
  8. 8. FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE (POSITIVELY) • Reflect on things that didn’t go to plan e.g. a teaching session • Focus on the positives from situations you couldn’t control e.g. book moves • Think about how you would handle unexpected situations in the future • Ad-hoc CPD!
  9. 9. SOCIAL MEDIA • Find out about events, visits and opportunities to speak • Keep up with events that you can’t attend • Get involved in conversations – you can use these interactions in your chartership portfolio • Network – particularly useful for interacting with people in different sectors
  10. 10. THE WIDER PROFESSION • Compare job roles with someone in a different sector – reflect on what you have in common and what is different • Pick an area of interest and investigate how other sectors do it e.g. social media strategy • Visit other libraries and think about how it compares to your own • Look for articles focusing on different sectors and reflect on these
  11. 11. YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE A SUPERHERO • Put your own wellbeing first – only agree to do what you can manage • Be realistic about the time you have available • Prioritise work that will help you get to where you want to be • CPD is work too!
  12. 12. POINTS TO TAKE AWAY • CPD doesn’t have to relate to an event or activity - can stem from your normal work, a conversation or something you read • Keep track of everything • Prioritise what interests you and will help you achieve your career goals • Don’t take on too much!
  13. 13. ANY QUESTIONS? @moorekate27