Sunday, 17 June 2012
Thing 7: real-life networks
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 :-)