missrachelsmith

CPD23: Thing 1 and Thing 2

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I just couldn’t help starting out my 23 Things for Professional Development journey with a Cat in the Hat reference. Plus all librarians love cake. Fact.

23 Things for Professional Development, or CPD23, is an online course starting this week which aims to introduce librarians and information professionals to a range of online and offline professional development tools. As you’re reading my blog, I’d hazard a guess that you might be the sort of person who’s probably heard about CPD23, and possibly you’re even taking part, but if you want to find out more about the programme, take a look at the blurb on the CPD23 website.

Thing 1 asks partipants to set up a blog and think about what they want to get out of the programme. I set up my blog back in January as a professional development tool to help me record my progress towards CILIP Chartership, so I’m feeling just a little bit ahead of the game as far as Thing 1 is concerned. However, there are other Things in the programme that I’m not at all familiar with and I’m interested to learn about. Like Pushnote (Thing 4) and LinkedIn (Thing 6), for example. And some of the Things are things to think about, like Thing 3: Consider your personal brand. It’s around a year since I started using Twitter, and around 6 months since I started my blog. What do they say about me? I’m hoping that CPD23 will help me to reflect on what I currently do, and encourage me to explore some new professional development tools along the way.

So that’s Thing 1. And Thing 2? Well, I’d like your help for Thing 2: Investigate some other blogs. I already subscribe to a number of blogs, but I’m going to use Thing 2 to investigate some new blogs I haven’t looked at before. I’ve already started by looking at the blogs of the people who commented on my post about the New Professionals Conference earlier this week to see what they’re blogging about. And I want to read your blog too. You’re reading mine, so it’s only fair. Leave me a comment and tell me who you are, and where your blog is!

And don’t tell me you don’t like cake.

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Written by missrachelsmith

June 23, 2011 at 09:25

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  1. Asking people to tell you about their blogs is a great idea. I’ve been struggling with Thing 2 as I realise there are so many 23things bloggers and I don’t know whose to read.

    theatregrad

    June 23, 2011 at 11:35

    • Well, it was when Helen Murphy said there were almost 300 people signed up at the New Professionals Conference that I decided that reading all of those blogs was never going to happen!

      missrachelsmith

      June 23, 2011 at 15:35

  2. Love the Dr Seuss reference! Also love the cakes…

    Laura Steel

    June 23, 2011 at 13:05

  3. Hello!

    My blog is here: http://tinamariereynolds.blogspot.com

    Great idea by the way – I’ve been really struggling about who to look at!

    Tina

    Tina Reynolds

    June 23, 2011 at 13:36

  4. Another fan of Dr Seuss (and cake!) here – enjoyed your post 🙂

    Jennifer Yellin

    June 23, 2011 at 18:46

    • Thanks Jennifer! I’ve just seen your blog and I’ll take a look very soon before Thing 3 catches up with me!

      missrachelsmith

      June 24, 2011 at 14:01

  5. ” … all librarians love cake. Fact.”
    You’ve had me with that internationally true sentence . Will delve further in your blog at a later point when my brain is less tired. I’ll just add your blog to my blog roll ( for now. I’m sure I’ll be here a lot.

    schroederin

    June 23, 2011 at 22:57

    • Good to know that cake appreciation reaches beyond our national borders, schroederin!
      I’ve found your blog and I’ll be interested to see how you get on with CPD23. I didn’t know that the 23 Things model had found its way to Germany!

      missrachelsmith

      June 24, 2011 at 14:04

  6. …must be professional…must not think about cake…
    I’m very new to blogging, and a little late to cpd23, so I’ve been dipping in to people’s blogs at random, and you’re the second (relatively) local blogger I’ve found!

    Katharine

    June 27, 2011 at 16:47


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