Update Feb 2016 (and Dec / Jan 2016)

So the old model of trying to work through the old issues was failing. New plan – the current issue plus most recent back issue with the new issue as the trigger to get it done. This should mean things are more current but I will probably write a bit less to get through them.

Dec 2015 / Jan 2016 first!

MyLibraryMyRight is an about time moment. Progress has been slow on the petition but I suspect this will be lower impact than some of the other measures. No action means the end of the public library service as the squeeze on local government operates to grimly collapse things.

The failure of the obligatory revalidation change to be voted through gets a small mention. The recent analysis released of patterns of voting seems to indicate it was mostly rejected by those later in their careers and in public libraries (not clear if these features intersect). Depressing.

A chunky Knowledge for Healthcare update. The scale of work underway is quite daunting and it is remarkable that work can be carried out England wide to this extent. Some great people on the leadership development programme and it will be great to see the projects that emerge from this.

Having had a chat about zines today at work I enjoyed the article on a workshop on these as part of the fun palaces initiative (which sound great – I wonder if we could have a fun palace at work next year though timing is not great for the academic year). A library zine might be a way to cut through some of the formality that tends to take over away from our social media communications.

Feb 2016

The cover story on a library in North Darfur was great. Such a positive piece of work and a recognition that libraries are about a lot more than books. 

The growth of content on the CILIP VLE is encouraging as a means for people to access CPD opportunities. I will have to have a rummage when I next go in to revalidate.

Service Transformation this issue from Knowledge for Healthcare. A challenge for me is how to respond to this work in the very different setting of an academic library that also serves the NHS. Very real change will be required for us to deliver on the KM and current awareness agendas. Document supply we sit largely outside the NHS schemes – could we export some of how we work at scale?

The Social Policy and Practice database sounds a useful resource. It isn’t in the national core content for NHS staff though I could see if being useful for a good number of people. 

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Hello 2016 (goodbye 2015)

The new year is going to see a shift in the balance of my role. Over the past couple of years I have been delivering a fairly steady stream of sessions on literature search and basic critical appraisal. The time has now come for me to hand the bulk of this work over.  I will be sorry in some ways as I enjoy delivering training, get positive feedback and it is useful for meeting people. I won’t miss the admin and look forward to being able to focus more on the engagement part of my role.

In terms of last years plans it has been a mixed bag.

I did revalidate OK (and am very disappointed that the latest attempt to require this failed to pass). I completed the first year of my AKC which was a relief given the very different nature of this course and the need to complete a hand written exam. I also enjoyed running my workshops at UKSG.

Less successful was clearing the CILIP Update backlog – I ended 2015 even further behind than I started it. I singularly failed to blog about an article from each issue of HILJ. I got next to nowhere with the PKSB.

I do not plan to review all of 2015 here – there are plenty of posts to look back over to give a flavour of it and I will doubtless reflect more when I complete my 2015 revalidation.

I am going to have another stab at clearing the Update pile. I will do HILJ if I get to it. I want to have a look at the CILIP CPD system generally and the PKSB remains a target. There will be work to do on the Metrics group I am chairing and I suspect I will end up talking about that at HLG.

I am looking forward to the year ahead a great deal.