Critical Appraisal Course

November 28, 2007
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Career Development Group Committee Meeting

June 7, 2007

Attended London and South East Divisions CDG Committee Meeting.

Awarded ESU/CILIP Travelling Librarian Award 2007

June 6, 2007

I’m thrilled to have been awarded the ESU/CILIP Travelling Librarian Award for 2007!

This award, jointly sponsored by the English Speaking Union and CILIP, will enable me to undertake a study tour in the
United States for two weeks in October 2007. It is designed to encourage US/UK contacts in the library world and the establishment of permanent links.
I plan to visit a number the National Library of Medicine, the American Pharmacists Association and a number of university pharmacy departments. Of great relevance to my current role I expect it to be a rewarding personal experience as well.

 Action: Plan Trip!

Career Development Group (London and South East) AGM and networking event

May 23, 2007

Speed networking event worked extrememly well, met a number of people from different sectors. Interesting conversations about how easy it is to move sector.

Web 2.0 Basic and Advanced Sessions at CILIP with Phil Bradley

May 4, 2007

Gained knowledge for training sessions due to be run on Web 2.0. Professional Development/CPD

3rd meeting with mentor

April 16, 2007

Discussed the content and structure of draft portolio. Action points include  

1)      Make amendments to structure of portfolio as discussed.

2)      Write analysis of process of writing journal article – focus on personal development.

3)      Acknowledgments page to include confidentiality statement – at beginning of portfolio.

CILIP in London talk – Social Libraries

April 10, 2007

Social Libraries: Collaborating worldwide from the comfort of home by Anne Welsh.

This talk was about ‘Five weeks to a social library’, an innovative and free US-based online course for teaching librarians about social software (such as blogs, RSS, social bookmarking and wikis) and its use in libraries that ran earlier in 2007. Anne was one of the presenters who, drawing on her experience of setting up a blog for DrugScope, created a screencast presentation to demonstrate how common library activities such as acquisitions, cataloguing and enquiry work can be transformed quickly and easily into blog entries. Read the rest of this entry »

Chartership and Beyond Event at Lewisham Library

March 18, 2007

Attended my first ‘Chartership and Beyond’ event in a support role. Very interesting to hear the presentations again at a later stage in the chartership procedings and it certainly reminded me of a few points that I had forgotten but which are very relevant to writing up. Plenty of time for discussion where the attendees were encouraged to think of specific examples to meet the critera and gave an opportunity for them to ask the CILIP representative, the CSO and myself questions. Read the rest of this entry »

CILIP in London Talk – The impact of information services in the voluntary sector

March 13, 2007

Talk from Christine Goodair, Head of Website & Information Services at DrugScope. This talk provided an introduction to working in information services in the voluntary sector, the variety of work that it is possible to undertake and some of the more negative (or challenging) aspects. Discussion of the DrugScop blog (and RSS feed) and how it has proved such a success. A very positive aspect of working in the voluntary sector appears to be that there is great scope for initiative but this is balanced by limited funding and sometimes uncertainty about future funding/sustainability – “an exciting if not entirely secure place to work”.

Email discussion with mentor re blogs and discussion lists

March 7, 2007

Brief email conversation with mentor after a discusion on LIS-CILIP-REG about blogs and their value in recording chartership progress which I took part in.
Action point: to ensure that I keep a record of postings to discussion lists as an example of criteria 4 – breadth of professional knowledge and understanding of the wider professional context.