Sunday, 17 June 2012
The homework for this week's 23 Things for Professional Development is about real-life networks and to talk about my own experience with professional organisations.
The only official and professional organisation I belong to is CILIP. I joined CILIP when I was a postgraduate student reading Librarianship at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2001-2. Unfortunately, I did not keep up with my membership with CILIP and so after a few years, I stopped being a member. I was working part-time as a library assistant and did not see much point of paying for its membership just for the sake of it. However, I became a Subject Librarian last year at the library where I have been working since 2003 and decided to join CILIP again in order to develop my professional knowledge and skills for my current post. I was also encouraged by my ex-manager to apply for CILIP Chartership who was happy to be my mentor. Feeling immensely lucky and blessed, I immediately registered as a candidate for CILIP Chartership. This course is part of the process of my Chartership and I am so excited to be on the course. I have been learning many interesting things that are related to this profession and I hope that I will be able to keep up with the course which has been a wonderful learning experience for me.
In Thing 6, I learned about LISNPN and found it very useful, especially I was able to download some useful resources including samples of other people's Chartership portfolios! I would also like to be part of an organisation for Chinese librarianship. The European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL) is the one that I would really like to be involved and so I will find out more about it and see if I could join them. That will be really cool for me :-)
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Like many of the participants on 23 Things for Professional Development course, my facebook is private and only for friends and families. I joined Linkedin a few weeks ago and it focuses on my work as a librarian and a researcher for the history of Chinese medicine. I do like the idea of having a ‘professional’ present on the Internet; therefore, Linkedin is a very good platform. I am still finding my way in the world of twitter and not sure if I have the time to ‘work on’ it and make it effective though I am open-minded about it.
I also learned about Pinterest from the other participants on the course which I have never heard about before. It looks interesting and I will certainly want to look into it a bit more.
CILIP communities: I just registered as a member of CILIP and at the moment, I am working towards my Chartership. Therefore, this on-line network is very useful for me and I am hoping to find other people who are also doing their chartership!
Sunday, 3 June 2012
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|