Today I have been in an all day training session learning about managing the performance and development of my team members through regular reviews and the annual appraisal.
I’ve been thinking about this post for a while (well it’s now just over a month since I heard my Chartership submission had been accepted), but I’ve been finding it difficult to work out what I want to say about it!
After having spent so long doing (or supposedly doing) my Chartership it is a relief to have heard back that it’s been accepted, and I am pleased to have done it as I think it was worthwhile and it prompted me to do things that I might not have done otherwsie. I’ve also finished the course on elearning I was doing (and am waiting to hear the result), which was interesting, but I should have spent more time studying to have been able to do it properly.
So there’s a number of things that I’ve been doing that have now finished, and now I have a whole load more things to do! I’ve just started a fairly major project at work to change our enquiry management system, which will be good experience and (hopefully) a fun and challenging thing to be involved with. I’ve also got engaged, so I have a wedding to plan for next year. We’re also trying to fit in time to go and see people who we haven’t seen in a while and do fun things at the weekends; all of which means that I’m going to be very busy, both at work and at home, for the forseeable future!
Last week I was at this conference in Barcelona looking at Web2.0 and education. I found it very interesting, as there were a number of people there who were talking about where we are going and how these tools can be used within education.
I had assumed that the main subject of most of the sessions would be along the lines of “I’ve done this using [insert name of Web2.0 tool here], isn’t it cool – you could do this too!”. But actually the talks were much more thought-provoking, as they were looking at some of the problems with using them as they are and how this could be solved within an educational situation. There were also a couple of talks looking at where things are likely to go in the future (/where they should go) which were very exciting!
Now all I need to do is type up my notes and look through all the sites that were discussed. (I decided not to blog the conference as I need time to make my notes make sense!)
As I’m just tying together my portfolio and finishing it off I’ve been thinking about the differences between the two regulations.
The only difference I can see between the submissions is that for the old regulations you need to do a 4000 word report covering their six sections. Otherwise the portfolio side of it is exactly the same. To me it seems as if the main difference is with the start of the process. Previously there were two routes, depending on your employment situation – either your employer submitted a training plan for you, or you had to develop one for yourself.
Now I’m pretty sure that the majority of candidates submitted a plan developed by their employer, and I’m also sure that this was a generic plan to fit any new member of staff who would want to start their chartership. This means that for those candidates they really only had to fill in a form and send it off to register to start the process.
For the new regulations everybody has to submit their own Personal and Professional Development Plan (PPDP) to start, which means that it is personal to each applicant and more meaningful; however, it is also more difficult than previously.
CILIP has to strike a difficult balance between making the chartership process easy enough to start that most eligible people will, and yet not so easy that everyone will start and then some of them will not bother to do anything more about it. It will be interesting to compare completion rates between the two regulations and see if the people who have registered under the new ones are then more motivated to finish it.
MPOW are launching the new library website tomorrow, and so I’m sitting here on the Helpdesk explaining to people how to do things with the caveat that tomorrow this isn’t what they’ll need to do!
The new website will be much easier to use, and will be much more stream-lined with far less repetition than the old site. It’s also going to be database driven as much as possible, which will mean less work needing to be done updating it. But the changeover period will be interesting and I’m sure the Helpdesk will be busy tomorrow! It is a very big (and obvious) change, but as we’re not fully sure where everything is on it yet it will be a shock to us too, and could take some time to find things!
We’re still getting queries about Athens passwords and we changed to using AthensDA in November 2005! So who knows how long it will take people to get used to this new website.
Fingers crossed the technical side of the changeover happens smoothly tomorrow… but then I’m going to Heathrow and back in the morning, so I won’t be here!!