The theme for this week on 23 things for professional development is ‘reflective practice’. It has been a truly wonderful week – having a tutorial with my supervisor at UCL, being invited to Buckingham Palace and leading my very first Daoyin workshop with my Taiji teacher. Everything felt so calm and beautiful and now I can spend a bit of time reflecting on ‘the things’ I have learned so far from the course.
Thing 1: creating a blog – This was easy because I already set up my blog three years ago when I decided to write to my parents in Taiwan in Chinese over the Internet, though I am now using this blog specifically for the cpd-23 course. I hope that I will get into a habit of writing blogs which could be part of my reflective practice. Thing 2: explore other blogs and get to know other cpd-23 participants - It is really wonderful to be able to read other people’s blogs on the course and learn good tips and advice from them. Some of the writings are so good and I have been really enjoying reading them. Thing 3: Consider your personal brand – two things came out of thing 3 for me and that is I joined Linkedin and already have 12 connections on my Linkedin page. I also designed my personal name card that week - a librarian and a researcher of Chinese medicne is my 'brand' . Thing 4: Current awareness - Twitter, RSS feeds and Storify. To be honest, I still have not got into the habit of using either twitter or RSS feed. It will take some time for me to get used to them and I am happy to let things grow organically! Storify looks interesting but I can’t really see the advantage of using it if a blog can do more or less the same thing! Thing 5: Reflective practice – The reason for working through cpd-23 is that I just registered for my CILIP chartership and the course is to get me focus on library-related topics. So, I hope I will carry on with the course and would like to include it in my portfolio.
Oh! Here are some photos from Buckingham Palace…
|John, Harriet and Dolly (in pink) at Buckingham Palace|
|John with his MBE medal|