Thursday, 23 June 2011

CPD 23: Thing One

This is a first post, always tricky. I shall try and resist the urge to pontificate on the nature of First Posts and try and plunge straight in with CPD 23's Thing One suggested topics.

Why are you taking part in the course? Ah. One of the reasons I'm taking part in the course is also the reason why I find this question rather hard to answer: I am not terribly good at reflecting on why I am doing things (beyond "well, it seemed like a good idea at the time", "dunno, thought it might be fun", etc), so forcing myself to be more reflective is probably a good idea. Relatedly, I haven't really been thinking in terms of career progression very much, ever, so that would be good to do too. I'm also interested in seeing how social media/web 2.0 can work with libraries: I am reasonably au fait with most of the things we're going to be investigating, but not necessarily with their use in this context. Also, networking and getting involved is something I should be doing more of: I am terribly shy and really need to push myself in that department.

Where my career is now and where I'd like it to go. I've been a library assistant for five years and am now one year into the part time Masters in Information and Library Management at UWE. As to where I'd like to go... that's something I really ought to be thinking about.

That's only two of the suggestions, but I feel I have wittered on long enough at this stage.


  1. Wait, we're supposed to reflect on why we do the things we do beyond "well, it seemed like a good idea at the time", "dunno, thought it might be fun"? But that's no fun! (Just don't tell my kids I said that...)

  2. Hi Jenni. I'm glad to see it's not just me who isn't very good at the whole reflective thing! I too am guilty of saying things like "um, well, seemed like it might be intersting" and then not knowing where to go from there. Hopefully the 23things programme will help us out a bit!

  3. Oh I'm so with you guys on the whole 'reflective' thing. Jenni - really appreciate your post.

  4. I think it will be interesting to use web 2.0 stuff 'in context' also. Many of us have used Facebook etc for chatting to friends etc, but thinking about their use outside of that could be very interesting, and if not, at least some fun..