Tuesday, 21 June 2011

CPD 23 - Thing 1 - Blogging

Hello fellow CPD 23 people and other readers.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the '23 things for professional development' scheme.

It has appeared at just the right moment for me. I am trying to breathe new life into this blog and CPD 23 will give me a structure that will make me blog at least once a week.

I'm a new professional, coming up to the end of my first academic year as a liaison librarian in an FE college in southwest London. I am also working towards Chartership.

I see blogging as a very useful reflective tool, I want to get into the habit of blogging regularly. Reflecting on my professional practice is a key part of the Chartership process, more importantly it is also the best way for me to improve my own performance. I need to reflect on my experiences if I want to learn everything I can from them.

At this early stage in my career I feel it's very important for me to get into good habits. Blogging about librarianship is a habit that I want to build into my life.

I have always been one of those people who write to think. I find getting ideas down in print helps me to develop and explore my ideas, almost to find out what I think.

Despite my love of writing those of you who take the time to read my earlier posts might find that this blog seems a little strange. The reason for this is that it was originally set up as part of an assignment for one of the modules on my masters course. *Wave to any readers who did one of the City University information courses. You remember DITA (Digital Information and Architecture).*

The earlier posts also include an information guide for short story writers that I had to design for another module. If anybody else is interested in creative writing I think that might actually be useful. Although some of the links might be out of date now.

More recently I have primarily been blogging about training events that I have attended. I spent the end of last week at the CoFHE conference in Wrexham so blog posts about that are coming soon. *Hello to any readers who were in Wrexham.*

Thank you for reading. If you are a fellow CPD 23 person then let me know where your blog is and I will make sure I return the favour. Good luck with the things.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Alan, I read your blog with interest, especially the part about writing things down in order to develop and explore ideas. I'm hoping that's something the 'things' will help me with. Good luck with your 'journey' (sorry if that sounds a bit x-factor)