Updating my CV

I was doing some updating of my ALIA PD points today and it startled me to see that I have pretty much already accumulated the points I need for the 2011 year (it’s a financial year thing).  I only joined the scheme in April 2010, realising that all the reading and learning I had been doing for my new job since starting here in February could also be counted as PD points.  It then occurred to me that  it’s probably time to update my CV with some of this learning and achievement and professional progress.

So this is a relective and slightly self indulgent post, a pause to look at what I’ve learned and managed to achieve since starting at MPOW (my first professional position and first full time job in 18 years) back in February 2010.  I’m pretty pleased with this list.  I have:

  • joined the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC)
  • learned how to participate in teleconferences
  • developed a web site using Google sites and written and uploaded all the content myself
  • developed and written library and academic skills modules for the college moodle
  • implemented a monthly student newsletter (college wide, not just library news) that I now co-ordinate & edit
  • learned how to conduct information literacy workshops (and learned that it’s different each and every time)
  • learned how to use prezi (thanks @misssophiemac)
  • learned how to use flickr (thanks @restructuregirl)
  • learned how to use twitter (thanks tweeps!)
  • established a Facebook presence for both the library and MPOW generally
  • learned about Orkut as a social networking site
  • participated in a blogging project (#blogeverydayinjune)
  • written my first collaborative document as part of an NGAC task
  • been to UTS to hear Heidi Julien talk about information literacy
  • been to the ALIA Biennial conference in Brisbane and met lots of new people
  • learned how to use the Libraries Australia database
  • written my first article for InCite (as yet unpublished)
  • discovered what a ‘personal learning network‘ is and how to develop and contribute to one
  • participated in discussions about my experiences as a student as part of research into LIS education
  • started planning for the library to move to another building and co-locate (finally!) with the computer lab

Some of this has been ‘just part of the job’ and some has been personal professional development that may or may not cross over into ‘the job’ but I believe (and fortunately, so does my employer) that it is all part of being an active participant in a learning profession and that ultimately that has benefits and payoffs for the employer beyond the ‘things that get done on the job’.

Probably the most valuable part of all of this to me has been the professional networking through twitter, NGAC and the conference.  I had an example of this just today in a focus group discussion for the LIS research project – I was delighted to find another participant was someone I had met at the conference.  Connecting and reconnecting is what helps build the profession.  I’m not sure where all that will take me in the longer term career sense but I’m sure it’s going to be positive.

image: Ecliptic Star Trails by makelessnoise via flickr

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  3. wow thank you for sharing your updates on PD, I am still not a big fan of the PD scheme (points and updating and all) but I am inspired by you!! =)

    • Thanks Hoi! I am not sure how I feel about the PD scheme either given it’s lack of significance (ie it’s not compulsory), but as it’s freely available as part of my ALIA membership I decided I might as well give it a go. The keeping track part is really easy now as ALIA have implemented a much better online system and there are so many things you can ‘claim’ PD points for that it’s not difficult to rack up the required 30-40 points a year. It has proved a useful way to keep my CV up to date as well, I have recorded in PD things that I might have otherwise forgotten to add to my CV 🙂

  4. Hi!
    Delighted likewise. Interesting to see we have come into libraries/library studies from similar paths/lives, and we’re now working in such different libraries, but both working to make a difference for our communities. if even some of what we discussed today encourages change through the LIS ed. project then we will have been part of the change that we want to make happen. let’s keep it up 🙂

    • I enjoyed that little bit of learning a bit more about each other’s backgrounds too! Like just about everything else in my wander-through-employment-that-most-people-wouldn’t-call-a-career I just fell into this job, I guess I could just have easily fallen into a different one (except for that huge ‘lack of experience’ sign over my head). In some ways I’d like to be working in a busier, bigger environment but this is fine for now 🙂

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