Continuing Professional Development Adventures. What? Why? How?The first I attended was Continuing Professional Development Adventures from Emma Illingworth (wearing some amazing printed leggings).
Emma gave us a guide for how to plan a CPD journey
- What do I want/need to learn
- What will I do to achieve this
- What resources or support will I need
- What will my success criteria be
The session finished with a brief look at reflection (an integral part of most CPD activities) and I really liked her suggested reflection questions;
- What did I do
- Why did I do it
- What did I learn
- How have/will I use what I've learnt
CyberLibrarians: Information management jobs in the digital ageThe second session was CyberLibrarians by Lisa Hutchins and Richard Hawkins, I was really looking forward to this particular one, I had no idea what to expect as it was so different to the type of work I do day to day (which was primarily why I picked it!) but I felt really inspired by the end of it.
The session began with Lisa and Richard explaining their backgrounds and the type of work they do. They defined Information Architecture as 'the underlying structure of a website or e-resource, the way in which its content is organised and navigated'.
The take home message was;
"An entrepreneur is someone who is a taker of opportunities, apply an entrepreneurial spirit to your career".
The full Prezi for the workshop is available here.
Have you tried logging out and then in again?After lunch (the much anticipated burritos!), the final workshop I went to was on managing e-resources with Simon Barron and Abby Barker (who was wearing amazing red high heel shoes, Abby that is, not Simon!).
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After explaining the winding ways in which they became e-resource librarians they started explaining what it is they actually do, including some of the types of queries they tend to deal with (and a clip from The IT Crowd to illustrate).
Then it was our turn to have a go at answering some (apparently real life) queries. I think what came across most was that rather than having some kind of amazing tech abilities, what an e-resources librarian really needs is good people skills.
Check out the full presentation here.