In addition to writing for both programmes, I have decided to actually take part in the CPD 23 Things programme myself as I am always keen to learn new techie skills, especially when this contributes towards my professional development as a librarian. And so without further ado…
Thing 1: Blogs and Blogging
My blog has actually just turned one year old this month and I feel quite a sense of achievement that I’ve managed to keep updating it all year. I was originally inspired to start writing a blog by last year’s Cambridge 23 Things programme – unfortunately I arrived in Cambridge too late to take part officially! At the time I had also been reading a fair few graduate trainee blogs in preparation for the start of my own graduate traineeship, and I had found the information in these blogs to be really useful.
One blog I particularly enjoyed (and still do!) was @theatregrad’s blog on her experiences as a trainee in Oxford, which can be read here. I enjoyed this blog because @theatregrad didn’t just talk about the day-to-day activities of being a trainee, but also about how it felt to be at the beginning of a new career and the excitement and doubts associated with this. I appreciated the honesty of the posts and I wanted to write something similar, which I hoped might be of use to future library trainees and those considering library careers.
I’m not sure that I have quite achieved the same level of personal openness with my blog thus far, as I soon became a bit self-conscious when people actually started reading what I was writing! I think that self-consciousness can definitely be a challenge for those new to blogging, but this is something I hope to improve on as I continue to blog. I think that blogging is a really useful thing to do, because it encourages you to reflect on your own practice as a library professional. In this sense, I think it’s great practice for constructing a Chartership portfolio. Having now successfully blogged my way through my trainee year, my next challenge will be to chart my progress through library school, which begins in September. Completing the CPD 23 Things programme is definitely going to help boost my motivation to keep blogging, and I’m really looking forward to taking part 🙂