Here we are again – another year older and still Revalidating rather than finishing my FCLIP off.
Efforts on that front were derailed by some fairly hefty restructuring at work (all be it with very positive outcomes that I will need to reflect on here sometime). I probably spent rather too much time on new fun bits of development also which tends to get in the way of the formal reflecting / writing up side.
Despite the frustration caused by needing to haul the info from my previous Revalidations out of the old CILIP VLE I have to say the new submission process is an improvement. The form was fine to use and will be handy for future reference.
Highlights of the year include
- Setting up the new #HILJClub website and seeing participation pick up
- Writing an editorial for HILJ on #HILJClub with Tom
- Speaking at UHMLG on messing up
- Hearing Prof Maria Musoke speak at the celebration of her honorary FCLIP (love a bit of Ranganathan)
- Speaking up for public libraries at my District Council cabinet
- Delivering a HINARI workshop with a Research4Life grant in Sierra Leone (badly need to blog this one – speaking on it next month at RLUK Conference!)
I have a new mentor for FCLIP and a new target. I think this is going to be the year…
Mandatory MJ Hibbett and the Validators
A new record for making my MCLIP revalidation submission early in the year. Why the haste to reflect on 2018? My experience over the past few years is that the sooner it is done then the more straightforward it is to remember what happened.
The other driver is that last year I promised an FCLIP submission for 2018. This has not come to pass (yet) but has resulted in me being that bit more organised with my logging and reflecting throughout the year. One last push this time so I can report on how Fellowship went rather than making excuses this time next year!
I have had lots of interesting experiences over the course of the past year including continuing to push the joy of metrics (and annual action plans) at EAHIL and UHMLG. I got tangled up in the national procurement for NHS databases and conversations around a potential discovery tool. There was more UX fun at work and some less fun organisational shenanigans.
Brilliant was managing to link my support for health libraries in Africa to the goals of my service which has seen me help organise a stakeholder day for the fantastic folks at African Hospital Libraries, raise a few quid for them (donations welcome till 8/3/2019) and make a bid for Research4life funds to run some HINARI training in Sierra Leone (bid result awaited!).
A good year as M J Hibbett & the Validators reflect on their classic “We Validate” album track “Mental Judo” – “I’m going to enjoy it for what it is – Not for what it isn’t”
I have pondered applying for Cilip Fellowship a few times. The latest provocation was the realisation that under the old revalidation scheme the third round would have made me a Fellow. I appreciate the new scheme is less of a job than the old one but the discipline of revalidating made me very aware of the range of development I have completed over the years. Generally I have been put off by the slightly minimalist guidance available on the process. I have also been busy learning about life in HE and completing the AKC (final year of this at present).
A timely event organised by Cilip in London in October helped quell some of my doubts about the process. Hail Fellow well met brought together potential fellowship candidates, those already in process, some Fellows and those involved on the assessment side. While there were some useful materials available it was predominantly the opportunity to have a conversation with those who understood the nature of the process that made the difference. There are alos a good few people I know on Twitter who are engaged in the process at present so I have a ready made community to discuss things with.
I had mooted starting the process next year to my boss but have ended up plumping for just getting on with it so there will be a bit of Fellowship commentary on here in the coming months. In the first instance I am all registered, have found a mentor and found a copy of the portfolio book in the work ebook collection (the paper copy is not on the shelf and not issued – tut). Anyone know where I left my CV?