I attended this workshop which informs all candidates working towards CILIP Qualifications: Certification, Chartership and Fellowship of further details, at CILIP HQ in London. It was facilitated by Franko Kowalczuk who included some great, dry-witted anecdotal humour about his experiences as a long-standing portfolio assessor (thank you Franko). There were 30 of us, all with the same anxieties, reservations and doubts all on the journey towards self-actualisation, attempting to reach our full potential and gain recognition for the work we do.
A few months ago I went to my first CILIP member event. Here are the notes/minutes from the event that I may use for my Certification, they’re a little formal but hopefully you’ll get the gist.
Informal and intimate networking event to meet children’s authors and the school library community, plus an opportunity to eat delicious cakes and a range of healthy options – I even took a doggy bag home, yum! Read More
The Journey begins…
I have been a Library Assistant in a North London secondary school for three years after graduating as a mature student in BA Hons. Education Studies in 2011. I absolutely loved my role working in the library supporting the students’ development leading them to further knowledge and information and reading for enjoyment. I felt that I was contributing to their personal development and empowerment. I began to feel at home, I had a real sense of belonging in my role. The more I began to immerse myself within it and analysed the impact I could have, the more I became frustrated. This was because of the apparent lack professional development aimed towards library assistants (in my case in schools) and the limitations of my role. Additionally, I felt incredibly isolated having very few opportunities to speak with others in the profession. Read More