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I've recently started a part-time secondment to CILIP to work on their Future Skills Project. You may already be aware of the project, which has been working on the recommendations from the Defining our Professional Future report to review the CPD offering: The Future Skills Project is reviewing CILIP’s qualifications to ensure every member gets the recognition they deserve from their employers and society for a unique suite of highly valuable, relevant and endurable skills. This review has created the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), the revised model for delivering Accreditation of academic and vocational qualifications and the suite of CILIP...

[caption id="attachment_2500" align="alignright" width="200"] I look just like this when I run - happy, relaxed, no hint of tomato face, flyaway hair or flailing limbs (clearly a lie)[/caption] This weekend I ran 5k. Believe me, no one is more surprised about this than I am. I'm not a runner. At all. Eight weeks ago I struggled to run for 3 minutes, but now I can keep going for more than 30 minutes. One day I decided I wanted to improve my fitness so I thought I'd go out for a jog, and decided to give the Couch to 5K (C25K) programme...

[caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignright" width="199"] Closing the contract[/caption] Yesterday evening I attended a Future Faces event on negotiation skills. We received a brief presentation and then had chance to do a group challenge based on a case study. I found some of the things covered in the presentation really useful so though I would share them. I've got to be honest - I wasn't sure what to expect from this joint event with CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) - I'm not involved in sales or purchasing, and I'm not in a position to be able to negotiate my salary (two of...

My three year term on the CILIP West Midlands committee has come to an end (two years as Marketing Officer, one year as Chair), and I only have a few months left chairing the ALA NMRT Online Discussion Forum committee, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my experiences and dispel some myths about chairing committees I've come across during my time as chair. [caption id="attachment_2474" align="alignright" width="300"] Only businessmen over 50 can join committees[/caption] Myth 1: You have to have X years of experience within the profession to chair a committee Until I joined a committee I...

I recently received a Innergie 3 in 1 Magic Cable Trio to review, and was looking forward to testing it out. Anyone who has seen me at a meeting or event will know I always have a charger with me and am usually found by a socket or frantically looking for one. I tend to have Apple devices with me for short trips, so one charging cable is usually sufficient (though I do sometimes use a Belkin double adapter so I can charge both at the same time if necessary). For longer trips though I have other devices with me...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="128"] Our Enduring Values (image from Google Books)[/caption] The next Twitter chat for the Library Leadership Reading Group will be on 22nd January 2012 at 8pm (UK time). We'll be discussing Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century by Michael Gorman. If you'd like to join us, please do - just start tweeting using the #llrg hashtag. To follow the conversation you might want to set up a saved search and use your favourite Twitter client, or you can use a tool like Tweetchat. If you're wondering what the Library Leadership Reading Group is all about, please read my...