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CPD23 Things 15 and 16: Events, advocacy and getting published

September 1st, 2011

The lantern tower in Sheffield Cathedral

The bright lights of professional involvement

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools.

Thing 15 covers presenting at events and Thing 16 covers advocacy and getting published. Both are aspects of professionalism I love getting involved in (I’ve presented at a few events, and got involved in various local library activities), but I must admit I looked at both CPD23 challenges and made thought ‘erk!’

You can’t do everything all the time, and at the moment I can’t see time in my schedule for serious chunks of either of these tasks. This is for a number of reasons:

  • Next month I am moving up to full-time in my post to cover a vacancy at work. I don’t usually work full-time, and it’s going to take a while to adjust to the new routine. I’m also covering 1.2 FTE posts, which is likely to be incredibly challenging.
  • Next month is also the start of the new academic year. This means lot of induction and information literacy sessions, which I am currently designing. It means lots of presenting and teaching and a very unforgiving schedule that even leaves me tired in my usual 0.5 FTE post!
  • I am working on a professional activity currently – trying to write up my MA dissertation for publication. It’s taking most of  my free time, and I’m forcing myself to put it before other activities as I really want to get it done.

I don’t want to make it sound like I’d discount getting involved in these various activities. And I am sort of meeting the criteria for some Things 15 and 16. I’m helping organise an event with UC&R East Midlands at my place of work in November, and the writing that I’m doing is ‘advocacy’ of a sort, but I don’t think either fully enters into the spirit in which the CPD23 blog posts were written!

I’m not putting my current professional development activities aside for the time being, and I do have a couple of plans for things I want to do in the near future, which aren’t confirmed yet. Furthermore, I think getting involved in presenting at events is something I should get into the habit of doing regularly. But now’s not the time. So here’s a deal, CPD23ers. I’m going to put a note in my calendar to come and look at this post at the start of 2012. And I’m going to make some plans then. Deal?


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