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Summary – 22 Mar 2012 – CPD [Continuing Professional Development]

Our Twitter discussion on CPD was most lively , and Latvian librarians were quite well represented! It’s great to know that UKLibChat has a bit of a global presence. Please let us know if you are visiting us from another country!

Below is a summary of the discussion. (Although summary is a misnomer).

Note: some of the points below are verbatim, but some have been reworded.

Q1.  How much time should you (or do you spend on CPD?) How do you find the time?

  • Don’t think there should be a set amount of time you should be doing, will be different from person to person. (@annie_bob) .  @NicolaFranklin agrees, and thinks the important thing is to record it, so it can be added to CV.
  • Gets 1 hour a week for personal development from manager, which can be saved up and used for visits/events/seminars  (@arawnc)
  • Did CPD23 and enjoyed it, thought it was useful (@ellia_s, @santtuc,  @daceudre)
  • Didn’t have the time to finish CPD23 (@agentk23)
  • Usually spends a couple of hours in the mornings or evenings. Sometimes a whole day. Feels that she should be more strict on time spent for CPD, e-mails and other activities  (@daceudre)
  • Doesn’t get time to do any CPD during work hours, as always on service desk (@library-quine)
  • Academic library very good at providing training, such as literature search forums, and presentations e-resources. Open to all library staff and gives a real taster of what the different departments do (@agentk23)
  • Did CPD23 in several inspiration hits, couldn’t squeeze it into a regular weekly schedule (@santtuc)
  • One shouldn’t do every single activity at the same time >> Don’t mix CPD with work time (@daceudre)
  • Use a mixture of diary shuffling and own time. I’m on an academic contract so much engage in professional scholarly activity (@jewebbery)
  • “It seems all my life is CPD”  (@daceudre)
  • “I think it should be more when starting out but it varies. I think I do too much (about 300hours pa)”  Rarely do CPD in work time, but lots of evening things in London (@tinamreynolds)
  • As a new professional I feel CPD has taken over the last 3 years, Chartership and now PTLLS  (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector), but can be a small thing like a visit (@hannahrbennet)
  • Greatest tool for the purpose [of keeping up with relevant info for CPD?] is Google Reader. “Seemingly innocent yet I find it extremely effective” (@santtuc)
  • Time varies, yearly plan (rough one), opportunities come up and reading, etc… some in paid time and a lot in own too. (@davidclover)

What counts as CPD?

  • CPD can be defined as discussions and conversations, reflections as well as more structured events or training (@liz_jolly)
  • Anything that helps keep up to date with issues, learn new things, gain experiences (including use of twitter!) (@nicolafranklin)
  • If blogs counts, then I spend a lot of time on CPD, not sure where line is between personal and professional though! (@annie_bob)
  • Reading useful articles on blogs, doing CPD23, finding answers to Q like how to do this and this, building PLN (personal learning network) (@daceudre)
  • Communication with other professionals can be time consuming and it’s CPD as well.  (@daceudre)
  • Keeping up with LIS literature may be something that is important for information professionals, perusing the relevant journals etc (@arawnc)
  • Seminars on topics of interest and reading journals and speaking on here [#UKLibChat] etc etc (@tinamreynolds)
  • People will do CPD even without knowing that is what it is called. It’s about improving your knowledge (@agentk23)


Q2. Do you think professional bodies should have compulsory CPD requirements?

  • Believes it would benefit is [information service?] and the community that we serve (@liz_jolly)
  • Don’t think there such a structured CPD tradition in Latvia as in UK libraries. All the courses are mainly on-site? (@daceudre)
  • A “professional” should be a self-starter willing to use any opportunity to develop. Not rely on workplace or professional body. Doesn’t think that a professional should beed to be told that they should develop through career (@neal_buchanan)
  • CPD should be compulsory. It’s a core element of being a professional (@jwebbery) @Tinamreynolds agrees “how can we be taken seriously by our users if we’re not held to same standards”
  • Agree about CPD being compulsory. “You’d be surprised how many CVs show no CPD since library degree 10 or even 20 years ago…” (@nicolafranklin)
  • Found @Tinamreynolds blog on post o n this to be interesting. It’s a good idea but would need to be clear guidelines on what counts.

Link: http://t.co/w1j6pU0H  (@annie_bob)

  • Usually for professional bodies it means needing to log certain amount of CPD to retain chartership/registration/accreditation (@nicolafranklin)
  • Had heard possibility of yearly revalidation – a little and often approach (@library_quine)
  • “is really important to keep on updating professional knowledge and  skills and to show others that we do – the C part of CPD!” (@liz_jolly)
  • If CPD becomes something obligatory, I won’t find it so much fun and easygoing. I like to explore! CPD23 was something like obligatory reading. But I liked that it wasn’t as formal as studies at university. A too formal structure is “putting yourself in a frame and it is harder to see what is over the fence”(@daceudre)
  • Perhaps a min amount if you want to remain chartered (etc) and more for those who want to explore further? (@nicolafranklin)
  • Via @orangeaurachs: “professional” and “professionalism” are the deckchairs upon which librarians sit.
  • It should be compulsory but with easier evidence requirements  (perhaps annual instead of every three years for validation)(@davidclover). @Tinamreynolds concurred.
  • CPD can be on whatever you fancy/need just so long as you do something
  • I can see my employer recognising the [CPD23??] certificate; I don’t see them recognizing tweeting. (@santtuc) @liz_jolly  stated it depended on what was being tweeted and @tinamreynolds believes that joining something like #UKLibChat should count towards CPD!


Side question.  Name your top journal for LIS CPD (could also be specific blog or website), what do you visit the most?

  • SCONAL Focus is great.. not overly formal, but still a real journal. A bit quirky in a British way too, I think. (@arawnc)
  • @educause website is fantastic! Lots of thought-provoking stuff on technology in HE including
  • “has anyone tried G+ thematic circles as “news source”?! I stumbled upon sveral today and it’s a cool seriated news feed (@santtuc)


Q.3 Name 3-5 things one should do to build a good Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Wiki explanation:  A PLN is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.

  • Go to events, join LinkedIn, get business cards (@tinamreynolds)
  • Be active, ask questions, be interesting and useful to others, network, participate in informal conferences/seminars. (@daceudre). @lizjolly agreed “we can do this in any medium!”
  • “Thanks to #cyc4lib I have found a really strong PLN” (@daceudre)
  • Business cards including social network contacts (@santtuc)
  • Recommends LibTeachMeets [also one of the organisers for one] (agentk23)
  • Developing networks outside the profession is useful. Helps develop critical distance.  I joined Learning and Teaching Networks too. (@jwebbery) “I’m a local and national teaching fellow”

 Q.4  Which is the best media for building a PLN? (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, real life)


  • Ideally, use all of them to reach the widest range of people to connect with (@nicolafranklin)
  • Real life. Definitely (@tinamreynolds)
  • Going to the New Professionals Conference helped me to connect better with the tweeters online (@agentk23)
  • “after joining #libcampuk11, I appreciated the twitter power. And yes – real life networks are the best!”  (@daceudre)
  • Find that CILIP involvement (and other professional groups) are the best starting point for PLN. “I found my professional voice through face-to-face involvement then social media for maintaining and extending” (@jwebbery)
  •  Involvement with CILIP (online and in person) is a great way to develop PLN (@liz_jolly)
  • @Nicola Franklin agreed that Real Life Networking was good as long as they are diverse as many people can’t afford the time or money to attend many (any) events.
  • “you don’t need to pay money to participate in CPD in the internet.. BUT you need to pay for seminar or conference in real life.” (@Ellia_S)
  • LibTeachMeets are a good way of learning and meeting people (@agentk23)
  • PLN created through CILIP groups, CPD25 events, keeping in touch with colleagues and ex-colleagues, tweeting, being useful to others. (@davidclover)
  • @daceudre is not so keen on LinkIn  “It’s not convenient enough. Maybe too formal. Does anyone else feels like receiving lot of unneeded LinkedIn e-mails?”  “I rather prefer FB”
  • @santtuc  “we run think tanks and fan pages to engage with the audience”

(Latvian FB pages)

  • “I have lots of professional friends via Facebook – UCR set up a group, so did another network. Blends personal/professional well.
  • Doesn’t have access to Facebook or twitter at work, so has to be done outside  (@mrswtaylor)


Q.5  How supportive are your employers of CPD?

  • CPD is important as subject librarian and manage. It’s important to keep up with networks, up to date with subjects, and developments in library work.   @davidclover gets lots of employer support, but it is still his own responsibility.
  • “Very. But then comes the question of balancing between individual’s and library’s needs”  (@santtuc)
  • Employer is v. good for CPD but have to show you’re interested. It’s up to the individual to be open to opportunity (@mrswtaylor)
  • “As a senior manager, I expect it of my colleague and we support [it]. Also conscious of diversity of how CPD is achieved. The challenge can be aligning individual, job and organisational priorities” (@jwebbery)
  • Academic library does support CPD, but budgets for training have shrunk. The library subcribes to CILIP and CPD25 courses. There are in-house training open to all staff (@agentk23)
  • CPD25 is great.  Very useful chartership sessions in 2 hour bites. (@hannahRBennett) “discussion lead by professionals from academic libs relating key topics to their libs and sharing best practice”
  •  “[It is] our responsibility to articulate importance of CPD to our employers.” (@liz_jolly).
  • “very supportive. Annual pdr and internal opportunities to develop skills.” (@neal_buchanan)
  • Employer supports CPD, “but if there is no money, I can always try to find an outer funding” (@daceudre)
  • “my manager is very supportive and encouraging and the college is also great offering financial support and internal CPD” (@hannahRBennett)
  • “as budgets shrink we need to be more imaginative in how we manage our own CPD” (@liz_jolly)
  • “Depends on which sector you work in. There’s more money in FE libs than school libs hence more CPD opportunities” (@caraclarke). @caraclarke works in a FE college but until last year was a solo school librarian. It was hard to think of CPD when you’re the only person there.
  • “I keep FB personal and Twitter professional. Definite difference between them. On LinkedIn too but not so keen on it” (@caraclarke)


Q.6  What are the key skills to develop through CPD?

  • Skills vary by role, career stage. “For me it’s thinking about information strategies and about innovation and development” (@jwebbery)
  • “Critical thinking, awareness of need for changes” (@daceudre)
  • “CILIP Framework of Qualifications could be a good place to start! J” (@liz_jolly)
  • “Inspiration and time management” (@Ellia_s)
  • “reflective thinking and marketing yourself. Somehow always leads to innovation!” (@santtuc)
  • “Looking at innovation in research support and partnership and evidence of impact as key issues” (@davidclover)


Q.7 What experience do you have of coaching or mentoring? Would you recommend it?

  • “I’m chair of the NP [New Professionals] Section [of IFLA]. And it feels like I’m giving great support to them.”  (@daceudre)
  • “I was lucky that at my first job I had a great mentor who gave me first impulses in enjoying work with students” (@daceudre)
  • “I would recommend to try to be a mentor. It helps to develop some vital skills,  [such] as patience, good explaining skills, empathy”(@daceudre)
  • “Besides through mentoring you can learn together with your ‘friend’ you are mentoring” (@daceudre)
  • Training in mentorship is needed if mentoring, need to learn to organize your thinking (@daceudre)
  • “was mentored thru chartership in 2007. If not, would still be doing it now J”  (@neil_buchanan)
  • “I’m a graduate trainee, and I feel like I’m benefitting from the chartership experiences of my managers! Great mentoring so far.”  (@ArawnC)
  • It’s good to know that there is someone who will answer questions, someone to rely on (@ellia_s)
  • Had a great chartership mentor, now mentoring 3 candidates, sometimes wished that he still had an informal mentor (@davidclover


Q8. What would you like to learn if the next #CPD23 programme was launched?

  • Practicing HTML and CSS with librarians who have never tried it (@daceudre)
  • Perhaps a #HTMLyear thing like #Codeyear
  • So much to learn as a newb. Has bookmarked a site on Marc (see below) (@ArawnC)


Here is an interesting point raised during the discussion that I think is worth relating.

  • “professional” & “professionalism” are the deckchairs upon which librarians sit.” “Or rather, they’re the deckchairs librarians are rearranging rather than doing job & being indispensible #titanic #uklibchat” (@orangeaurachs)
  • “does that mean professionalism is pointless?” (@agentk23)
  • I’ll take that to be “guard against complacency” 🙂 (@neal_buchanan)
  • perhaps ‘professionalism’ can be an excuse/refuge for a failure to be professional (resting on laurels or status) #uklibchat (@jwebbery)
  • “professionalism doesn’t begin and end with qualification. That’s just the start” (@neil_buchanan)
  • “worrying too much about what ‘professionalism’ means can distract from actual job at hand?’ (@annie_bob)
  • “Also confusion betwn professionalism (no job in the world this doesn’t apply to) & being a profession (what’s it mean?)” (@orageaurochs)


Cilip Framework of Qualification: http://wish.westmidlands.nhs.uk/learning-development/cilipqualifications.html

Codeyear: http://codeyear.com/

CPD23: http://cpd23.blogspot.co.uk/

CPD25: http://www.cpd25.ac.uk/

Cycle for libraries: http://www.cyclingforlibraries.org/

Educause: http://www.educause.edu/

Marc:  http://www.loc.gov/marc/umb/

National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe: http://napleblog.wordpress.com/

Sconul Focus (newsletter): http://www.sconul.ac.uk/publications/newsletter/




About Ka-Ming

Librarian at a University in London and one of the founding members of uklibchat.wordpress.com Find me @agentk23

One comment on “Summary – 22 Mar 2012 – CPD [Continuing Professional Development]

  1. icuficagetyg.webege.com
    August 5, 2013

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new

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