The get together for chartership candidates in the London area happened
at the White Horse, Parsons Green, on 9th December.
The directions to the pub were great, but unfortunately we couldn't
remember if a way of recognising fellow candidates was arranged! After
wandering aimlessly through the bar a couple of times wondering exactly
how do you recognise an off-duty librarian (we look just like normal
people...) we were accosted by two drinkers who very tactfully asked if
we were there 'for a meeting'. Together it only took another 20 minutes
to locate the table festooned with CDG leaflets and reports!
It was really good to meet others from a range of sectors, all at
different stages of the chartering process, eight of us in total. A
couple of academic librarians just finished Route A and trying to get
motivated to write-up, a couple from the British Standards Institute, a
health librarian and the FE sector going down Route B and a school
librarian unusually (only the third candidate ever to go down this
route) building up a portfolio.
Probably the most useful thing for me was having the chance to look at
a number of completed (and passed!) PDRs, as I'm about to start writing
mine, so many thanks to Ian Hunter, the Regional Liaison Officer, for
supplying them. It's good to get an idea of the standard expected and
now it doesn't seem quite as daunting a task.
Personally I thought it was great to meet informally and exchange
experiences of what I think can be quite an isolated process of
'getting chartered'. It was interesting to chat about why people were
doing it in the first place (or why they hadn't bothered until now) and
whether it really meant anything in terms of being a 'professional' - a
discussion I know this list has played host to before. To my
knowledge the LA don't really provide a forum for informal meetings
like this, but I think there's definitely a place for them in this
context. The CDG training I've been to has been excellent but doesn't
offer the same chance to socialise and offer each other support.
Big thank you to Denise for organising it. There will be another
meeting sometime towards the end of February - so watch this space!
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Kings Norton Library
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