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CPD23 Thing 23: Reflection – what next?

January 26th, 2012

Lake reflection

Reflection in the lake

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

My last task in CPD23 is to reflect on what’s next. For me, CPD23 has been split quite clearly into its two areas of focus: online tools and general professional development. I’ll admit that I mainly got involved out of interest in the tools. It’s been good to have a push to look at some tools I hadn’t had the chance to look at, and also to review and consider the tools I’m already using.

Mendeley is the tool I’ve really picked up and ran with out of the ones I tried in the programme. However, I’ll also admit that I’ve been back to and started using Evernote since I purchased an Apple-branded tablet device in the autumn: the synchronisation has suddenly become a lot more valuable to me.

I’ve also enjoyed thinking about the wider CPD themes covered, and it’s those I mostly focused upon in the personal development plan I completed for this task. I was actually surprised how many concrete ideas I already had for what I wanted to achieve this year: writing them down has pointed out just how many goals I’ve been secretly setting myself! Having this record will definitely help me review what I’ve achieved. I think it’s quite nice to have a PDP outside my formal institutional development plan, as some of my personal goals don’t really tend to fit within that structure. Maybe it’s something I’ll do next year as well.

Many thanks to the organisers of CPD23 for arranging all these fun times.

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