missrachelsmith

Building Your Portfolio

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Yesterday, I abandoned the library for the afternoon to attend a Building Your Portfolio workshop at Northumbria University Library. Attending a portfolio building course is a requirement of CILIP Chartership, so that was chiefly why I went (I didn’t bother when I was working towards Certification). However, the afternoon was actually pretty useful and the presentations from Michael Martin, Jackie Dunn, Patricia Crosier and Annie Kilner helped me to gauge how I’m getting on, what I’m doing right and what I need to think about a bit more.

One liners #3: Pearls of wisdom I gleaned from the Building Your Portfolio workshop

CILIP Framework of Qualifications designed to meet the needs of people at different levels/stages

Framework progresses from Certification to Chartership to Revalidation to Fellowship

Choose a mentor outside your workplace for objectivity, freedom when talking about work issues

Evidence of mentoring relationship can be used quite creatively, e.g. mentoring log

Initial PPDP: It can’t be wrong! It’s all about the candidate and their development needs

Completed PPDP can alter from initial PPDP as your job, priorities and ambitions change

Evaluative statement: Think of this as an executive summary of the whole Chartership application

Portfolios: Useful when preparing for appraisals, job interviews

Portfolio organisation: We’re information professionals! Should be well structured/organised

Electronic submission of portfolios is currently being investigated by CILIP

E-portfolio systems could be used to organised material, such as http://foliofor.me/

Chartership criteria 1 may be split in two… must demonstrate both aspects of this criteria

Chartership criteria 4 is the criteria which most applications fail on

Chartership criteria matrix can be useful to match development activities to criteria

Skills audits and CPD audits can be useful to look at/include in your portfolio

Don’t… include lots of material written by other people. Abstract or summarise

Attribute collaborative work

Be aware… of data protection and copyright

Your portfolio is about you. Should reflect your personality

Reflective writing skills: Lots of applications, relevant in a number of work situations

Evaluation is ‘not describing’

Never let documents stand on their own – annotate them, reflect upon them

Slide in reflection wherever you can

Your challenges can be the things you develop through most. Include the difficult stuff

Think deep and find ‘the rich veins of experience’, the activities you got the most out of

Link your development and experience back to strategy; team, library, organisational

Show awareness of the impact of national and global issues

Cross-reference the documents in your portfolio, it helps to signpost your evidence/reflection

Address future training needs/developments. What happens next?

One of the things I’ll really take away from the session was the importance of reflecting, analysing or evaluating all of the activities and evidence included in the Chartership portfolio, and making sure the evidence you include meets all of the Chartership criteria. This is the point of this blog, really, and I think writing about my development activities and experiences is a good practice to keep up.

The session also made it very clear that the organisational strategy and your individual contribution to it, as well as the contribution that your library service makes, needs to be at the heart of your application. I might have delivered an effective marketing campaign, which meant increased usage of a service, but how does that link into the strategies playing out around me? If I’m benchmarking our e-resource packages against our comparators, how does this contribute to the achievement of strategic plans? This is something I’ll be thinking about more over the coming weeks and months.

Lastly, I’ll need to begin thinking my last ‘one liner’ – I’ve got a year or so left to go, but what happens next? What am I going to do after Chartership? At the moment, I don’t know. This means I need to start to be strategic about where I’m headed, and what I need to do to get there.

Time is a funny thing, and it’s odd to think that around this time last year, I was starting to construct my portfolio for Certification. And that this time next year, I’ll be starting to put my Chartership portfolio together. It’s going ok, but I need to keep building.

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Written by missrachelsmith

June 10, 2011 at 17:15

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  1. Thank you Rachel. I had to miss my session last week due to work commitments, and this has been really useful reading

    librarylje

    June 15, 2011 at 14:19

    • You’re welcome, Lisa – I hope you manage to get to a future session, I found it really helpful!

      missrachelsmith

      June 15, 2011 at 16:28


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