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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.


Written by missrachelsmith

June 10, 2011 at 17:15

Small steps

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Today, I’ve had a well-deserved pyjama day (apart from the fact that at about lunchtime, I decided getting showered and dressed might make me feel slightly more productive!). Having the luxury of a few hours to play with, for once, I’ve finally got around to making some small improvements to this blog. When I started the missrachelsmith blog up back in January, I was really keen to get on and post about all the things I was doing. So I picked a theme, added one or two important widgets and got my head around using WordPress (a new platform for me), and started to write.

But now I’m a few months and a few posts into blogging, I thought it was about time I at least got the presentation of my blog up to a good basic standard, rather than just the bare bones. The marketer in me would love to play around with the style and format of these webpages, and I think at some point this would be a brilliant development activity in terms of web design. However, the librarian in me knows that the information I’m trying to convey, and making this information more accessible and visible, is the most important thing. And that’s what I’ve been trying to do today.

One liners #2:  Improvements I have made to my blog today

Photo: Having named my blog after myself, I thought it might be nice for you to put a face to the name.

Menu: Under my photo, there is now a menu in the sidebar for you to navigate through some of my…

… Pages: I’ve created two new pages, to provide a bit more information about who I am and what I do.

About page: A short bio, a statement about the views expressed in my blog.

Publications page: A page which I’ll regularly update, about my writing for publication.

Categories: I’ve started using categories, to give you another way to find posts on particular subjects.

CILIP Blogger?: As my blog mainly describes my Chartership activities, I’ve asked to become a CILIP Blogger.

What do you think of the new and improved missrachelsmith blog? What other features or information would be useful? I’d love to know your thoughts and comments.

Written by missrachelsmith

May 14, 2011 at 19:05

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One liners #1

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This week I have been having a MAJOR READING LIST BLITZ. So major, it deserves block capitals. I actually quite like processing reading lists, when you get into a bit of a rhythm – there is a comfort to be found in routine and I get some satisfaction from doing quite technical tasks accurately. However, when I sat down to write a blog post this lunchtime, which was going to be about the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) at a local FE/HE college I visited last week and how they handled reading lists and academic liaison, I could see it was quickly turning into an essay. Evidently, I need slightly more mental simulation for seven hours of the day than reading lists provide. But I am noticing a pattern recurring – when I start to write a blog post about something, it turns into hundreds and hundreds of words on my chosen subject of the day (tips, anyone?).

Anyway, to avoid this, I’ve decided that I’m going to confine myself to one-liners for the remainder of this post. I’m not going to focus in depth on liaison and reading lists, but instead I’m going to tell you about lots of different things I noticed during my time at the LRC, in no particular order. Rules of the game: I’m only allowed one line of the Word document I’m writing this on per topic (I don’t trust WordPress not to eat my posts). And GO…

One liners: interesting things I learnt about the Learning Resource Centre

LMS: The LRC uses Heritage, which seems really user-friendly and is used by many FE colleges.

Fines: Are much lower at the LRC than the University Library, and staff aren’t charged fines (!).

Stock selection: Resources are chosen by academics and signed off by their head of department.

Acquisitions: Orders recorded by the LRC, but all purchases managed by College purchasing office.

Print journals: are all reference only and classified at the same Dewey number as the book stock.

Cataloguing: All LRC resources are catalogued from scratch – they don’t import MARC records.

Access: Visitors sign in at reception; the LRC has moved away from ID cards to biometrics.

Teaching space: 5 computer clusters in the e-learning area are available for teaching bookings.

Computing: Computer cluster managed by MyPC, recently changed to a thin client system.

Website: No LRC website; patrons access information through the VLE or via the web OPAC.

OPAC: Front page easy to customise, but resets to original whenever there’s a Heritage upgrade.

Grouping resources on the OPAC: can be done by adding piece of code into web OPAC URL of items.

Social media: the LRC contributes to the College Facebook page, but Facebook is banned in College.

Branding: Blue and white used (College colours); the LRC has its own logo.

Marketing: The LRC mainly use traditional print media, but are soon to get a plasmascreen.

Information skills: Staff member based in the HE building offers HE information skills programme.

Inter-library loans: The LRC group isn’t part of a lending group and only use the British Library.

And finally…

Reading lists: Formal process is launching this year; academics will use LRC template to submit lists.

Induction: In 2010, 2524 new students went to 184 LRC induction sessions (seriously impressive).

Why write an essay, when you can write it in a sentence?

Written by missrachelsmith

April 1, 2011 at 19:13