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”
Email from CILIP confirming that my revalidation for 2017 has gone through safely. I was successful in my plan to get this done earlier in the year. This reflects both being used to the system and the added pressure of working on a submission for Fellowship.
2017 was a hectic year professionally (though you would not know it from this blog where it has mostly been the Journal Club activity that got written up). I was lucky enough to attend EAHIL for the first time and spoke there on my work on metrics. It was great to go to a wider conference and hear about some of the interesting developments in the use of text and data mining for search. I have a stack of photos of the brutalist Berkeley Library at Trinity College to share at some point.
I learnt a lot about feedback delivering both LibQUAL+ and LibUX representing rather different approaches to hearing from library users. Without wishing to completely dismiss LibQUAL+ I think LibUX is likely to offer a richer forward path. It is so much more flexible, immediate and powerful.
I was lucky enough to learn from inspirational folk on an NHS LKS leadership programme. Not sure I have ever done quite so many tools looking at understanding my style, preferences and so on before. I am not sure I feel very different for it but I do have some more tools and excellent contacts.
Fellowship submission this year!
This years celebratory Mj Hibbett and the [re] Validators number is “Do the indie kid”
As Depeche Mode didn’t say.
Another years CPD (2016) safely logged away and submitted to CILIP for the Revalidation Assessors. Slightly worried that it is almost time to sort out the 2017 log.
Highlights? Talking Metrics at HLG2016 in Scarborough where I got to meet a number of colleagues previously known only from twitter and by their good work. Hearing Sherry Turkle on Reclaiming Conversation with lots of food for thought on how we interact online and in person. I also ended up getting involved with work around evaluation frameworks with Sharon Markless which was a real eye opener.
Definitely need to get the Revalidation done earlier next year as it really is a bit far away for some of it already. Given the lack of blogposts of late I will have some reflecting to do.
This years MJ Hibbett and the Validators tune is Lesson of the Smiths – enjoy!
Spookily almost a year to the day since I last submitted I have once again completed the documents to revalidate my MCLIP.
I hope the current discussions at CILIP will finally see the launch of the online register of practitioners the long overdue public face of revalidation.
It has been another packed year professionally with a host of new conferences, visits, LibUX, Metrics and more. Plenty to reflect on! If anyone wants to talk revalidation do give me a shout – happy to talk you through it.
This years mandatory revalidation celebratory tune from MJ Hibbett and the Validators is – Things will be different when I’m in charge from the Album “This is not a library”
With only a slight hiccup due to my previous submission not having been marked as passed (rapidly rectified by Member Services) I have finally got round to submitting my CILIP Revalidation based on 2014 CPD activity.
It was great to take the time to reflect on a fairly hectic year. HLG conference was a highlight. I also felt the journal club I ran with colleagues at work was an excellent way to learn.
I was surprised quite how many libraries I visited in my travels.
I have not had a chance to join one of the seminars on obligatory revalidation but I am happy that it is a useful process for me.
This years celebratory tune from MJ Hibbett (minus the (re)validators) is a cover of Boom Shake the Room – enjoy!
A really important change is being proposed by CILIP to revalidation. 2015 is going to see discussions culminating in a member ballot (October) proposing that Revalidation become obligatory for those with Certification, Chartership or Fellowship. Read all about it and then come back.
I was confused at first skim as to what the point was – obligatory but non compulsory Revalidation would make little difference. The new scheme for Revalidation is in my view a good thing (see We (re)validate for my take) but many have shrugged or not looked too closely expecting something highly onerous / pointless. I didn’t see how the change to obligatory Revalidation would alter this.
But then someone pointed out the inclusion of a public Register of Practitioners. This makes it a useful change.
The Register will give people a way to have the professional body confirm to anyone that they are in membership and actively engaged in CPD. It will definitely encourage people to have a closer look at Revalidation (and hopefully give it a try). It has the knock on effect of stopping people claiming membership levels they do not hold when applying for things.
I have been proposing something like this in all the many CILIP consultations of recent years so it is great to see it potentially coming into place. I would like something that went further – providing an online location for sharing professional roles and activity. Sort of like a LinkedIn profile but without it the spam and being spotted doing “library” good (thanks to the 15 people who have endorsed me for this to date!). But this is would be a great start.
I look forward to the debate!