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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

My interests include the application of emerging and traditional technologies, research support in libraries, learning spaces, evidence-based practice and the professional development of library and information workers.

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CPD23 Thing 22: Volunteering to get experience

January 13th, 2012

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

Thing 22, volunteering to get experience, ┬áis going to be a fairly short one for me. I haven’t really done any volunteering in the traditional sense, but I have committed parts of my ‘spare’ time to things like working on CILIP committees, my stint as a Project Board Member on CILIP’s Defining Our Professional Future, and various other professional activities. The main benefits I’ve had from such activities have been in extending my professional network and allowing me to get involved in the profession outside my part-time hours while I looked for full-time work.

I don’t think that volunteering endangers our profession, except in the most obvious way: where volunteers are used to substitute for posts that have been or should be paid ones. However, it’s pretty subjective when this is the case, so I think we have to be quite careful where we’re led on that front.

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