As you may have guessed I was supposed to publish this post before now but life and such got in the way.
2018 is going to be a big year for me, I have started a new job (more on this later), I am getting married and I would LOVE to get my Chartership Portfolio together before Christmas.
When I wrote my last post I didn’t know I would be moving jobs so I set myself the following goals:
- Schedule time to reflect
- Finalise how I am going to work on 3.2 Understanding information seeking behaviour and 7.2 Collection development policy by 21st December 2017 (deadlines are good for me)
- Continue addressing the organisational evaluation and wider professional knowledge assessment criteria section of Chartership
I had actually planned how I was going to tackle these:
- Book some set time (30 mins if possible) on a Friday to reflect/review the week
- Point 3.2: I found some interesting articles on ISB that I saved and printed (although I am not sure where these are right now!). I will continue this research and tailor it suit my new role.
- Point 7.2: I was going to ask to attend one of of the Coll Dev Group meetings that our managers have here so I could find out more about how the budgets are prioritised and how new subscription requests are dealt with in more detail. However, now that I have left I do not have the chance to do that.
Also, I had planned to do a teaching course at Huddersfield to boost my FHEA to a PGCHE to help me with my development as a teacher/educator and I was going to use what I learn as evidence for points 8.5 and 8.6. So I will have to rethink that, but there is the chance of staff development opportunities at my new job.
Lovely view on my walk into work in the morning
So, new job ooooohhhhh…
I am now an Academic Librarian at Leeds Beckett University supporting the School of Health and Community Studies and School of Clinical and Applied Sciences. I am currently in my fifth week and I am really enjoying myself; the team are really supportive and encouraging. The academics are engaged, welcoming and have been keen to hear my ideas about how to teach the students the skills they require and information they need. So far I have done 8 teaching sessions and some 1:1 appointments with students. It was really good for me to hit the ground running because it made the transition easier and it meant I didn’t have time to worry about (or over plan) the teaching. Luckily my predecessor had left a helpful handover document and some teaching materials to use/adapt etc.
It is really nice to be back working with Health Science subjects, as a former wannabe health or science professional (but alas, A Level science was too hard) it’s nice to be engaging with the sector in a different way.
Back to Chartership…
I think now is the perfect time for a progress review.
What have I already acheived?
- Point 5.3: I attended some excellent copyright training and attended the ALF conference to boost my knowledge of copyright and IP law as well as licencing
- Although I am no longer involved in the alumni/walk-in user access project (because I have moved jobs) what I learnt is still incredibly valuable
- Scheduled reflection time 0830 – 0900 every Friday. This will be particularly useful in my new job as it will help me to decompress at the end of the week and really focus on what I have done/learnt.
What have I got planned?
- Point 3.2: Now I work with Health Sciences students I have decided to focus my ISB research on students from this area as it will help me to improve the way I support them. Already in the few weeks I have been at LBU I have been able to observe students’ ISB during teaching sessions; but it really becomes apparently in 1:1 appointments. When I have done some research I will combine it with the anecdotal evidence into a blog post.
- Point 7.2: Working at a new institution gives me the opportunity work under a different collection development policy. There are regular resource evaluation meetings so I am going to attend those in order to learn more about the rules and processes.
What do I need to do?
- Book in a catch up meeting with my mentor
- Do the things above –
- Review ISB literature by end of March
- Attend meetings where possible
- Keep engaging with the wider professional community
- Review/plan how I will aim to work on the remaining points/skills gaps– ASAP
Am I likely to get my portfolio submitted for Christmas? Who knows? I’d like to do it by then but we shall see. I am not going to put too much pressure on myself because Chartership is supposed to benefit me and if it’s stressing me out then it isn’t going to happen.