Tuesday, 26 March 2013

CILIP Qualifications

I have started thinking about my future in the information and library world. I will hopefully finish my PGDip in December and be qualified in January. I am undecided as to whether to continue on to complete the Masters part of my course or exit with the Post Graduate Diploma. One thing I have also been debating is whether to go for Chartership. This is currently known as an MCLIP qualification with CILIP.

Although it has been announced that the Chartership process will be undergoing some changes I felt it was important to gain a bit more knowledge about the process of how to get chartership and the potential benefits.

So I set off to the gorgeous Beeston Library to hear more. Arriving considerably early gave me a lovely time to sit in cafe reading the stunningly beautiful Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (deservedly nominated for Carnegie award).

The session itself was a good length and incredibly informative. I now I have relatively good understanding of how you go about making your portfolio to become a chartered librarian. The session has prompted me to start keeping a more complete record of not only things I have done but what I have learnt from them as well. I learnt that evaluation and reflection is something they are particularly looking for when they read through your portfolio. They do not want a history of everything you have ever done.

I also learnt how valuable going to things such as the NLPN events, visiting other libraries in different sectors and attending CILIP organised events can be in adding to the section about knowledge and awareness of the wider world of information management. We were encouraged not only to note done what we attend but again to reflect on our experiences and how they have helped us.

In keeping with this I am reflecting on what I learnt whilst at this CILIP organised event. I particularly found it useful to meet with other information professionals. Meeting with people who are all in different sectors and stages of their careers is not only helpful for getting to know more about the other sides of librarianship but also is great for advice.

As you may know from previous blogs I have been feeling a tad overwhelmed with my work load. Thankfully a helpful masters graduate really encouraged me and made me realise that actually I am doing a good amount of work and it will be worth it in the long run. Furthermore I felt the session itself made me more sure about what I wanted in particularly that I would like to gain some library experience in other sectors, whether that be in academic libraries, public libraries or even hospital libraries I think it will help me not only broaden my knowledge to gain chartership but also increase my understanding of information management adding  another string to my metaphorical career bow.

I would encourage anyone who is confused or undecided about CILIP qualifications to attend a meeting organised in your area.  The session explains quite plainly what you need to do in order to gain chartership or certification. It clarifies a lot of things and helps you to make a more informed decision. Naturally much of this information can be found on the CILIP website but it was so useful to hear someone discuss it and find out more then I feel the website says.

Good luck with anyone deciding on what to do next in there information and library career!

Currently Reading: Wonder by R.J Palacio (Nominated for Carnegie Award)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Rewarding Reading

As its world book day I thought I would do a little post about my job and how rewarding it can be. Although I have been feeling a tad overwhelmed I have still been thoroughly enjoying my job and the difference each day brings. One of my favourite things about working in a school is watching the kids discover reading more.
As a keen reader myself I absolutely love getting lost in a book, escaping somewhere completely different to my own life. I love the way the words on the page can create a whole new world for you to imagine. For me reading is just an amazing past time and will always be an integral part of my life. So working in the library is a real privilege being able to encourage children to explore a world of books.

We get a range of different readers with vastly differing levels of enthusiasm. The part of my job that is so rewarding is when you find a reluctant reader and manage to match them up with a book or comic that they end up loving. It has to be one of the most amazing feelings when you have recommended something to a child and you see them the following break or lunch time completely engrossed to the point that they are walking out of the library still reading.  

I absolutely love watching children fall in love with reading purely for their own enjoyment. The delight in their eyes when they see that their favourite author has written a new book or a book they love is the first part of a trilogy is wonderful.

I do love the information side of my job. When you teach a someone to tell the time or help them answer their soundwave homework it is just as rewarding. Howeverm as someone who loves reading it is such an encouragement when you know you have helped a child discover a new and hopefully lifelong passion for reading.

Thankfully I quite enjoy reading the books in school which has helped as it means I can recommend books that I know the storyline of. However, it does mean my to read list has tripled in size since I started working in the school!

I don’t know yet whether I will always work in school libraries but I will always do what I can to help children discover reading for pleasure.

"Some books are to be tasted, others devoured
But only a few are to be chewed and digested thoroughly"
Inkheart Cornelia Funke

Currently Reading: Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

“I Can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.”

This blog title is a quote from Gone with the Wind  and pretty much sums up how I am currently feeling. I have so many thoughts and things going round my head that if I think of anything more my head will just combust!

Truthfully I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed and stressed by the sudden realisation of just how much I need to get done that I just had to vent my frustrations in an attempt to clear my head to allow me to focus on the tasks at hand.

I have loaded my plate pretty full in the last few weeks that everything has literally piled up and now it’s actually March and my next assignment deadlines are looming I am feeling the tell-tale panic raising up.

I always seem to approach my assignments completely clueless to what I am being asked. It’s like the brief is written in another language and until the penny drops and I finally manage to interpret the requirements I am in a constant state of apprehension with a good dose of anxiety mixed in.

Sometimes it is just so important to take a little bit of time to calm myself down. Whether that’s reading a book, having a quick breathe or in my case today writing my jumble of thoughts into a blog post. Whatever your method it’s so important to step back and get some clarity.

In my search for clarity I spoke to my sister and she kindly pointed out to me that it’s actually a month until April when my first assignments are due. This made me take stock of how much time I actually have and if I stop procrastinating and start doing I might actually make some headway with my work.

It is not just my coursework that is demanding my attention at the moment, I have finally started learning to drive (woop) and I would quite like to book my theory to get it over and done with. However,  a part of me wonders when I will get chance to revise considering all the other approaching deadlines. Thankfully I have started making a geeky awesome timetable to help me to find time to do all these things (yes making the timetable was another way to procrastinate..oops) 

Here's hoping that I can keep calm and get myself together and make some serious progress with everything that I have on my plate.  
Currently Reading: Jodi Picoult Change of Heart (not that I have much time for that at the moment)