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  by  dmachiavello  Whilst I was working towards my chartership, my mentor encouraged me to write an article for CILIP Update based on the workshop I delivered for CDG London and South East on time management and the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. CILIP have also kindly provided an open access version for non-members to read. I really enjoyed writing the article, and it was well received; I had some great feedback both by social media and email. Time management and productivity is clearly a topic of interest to a number of library/information workers, and I'm pleased to say I'm going to be sharing more of...

As I've now successfully completed my CILIP Chartership, I won't be scheduling any more chartership chats as they've served their purpose for me. Since submitting my portfolio, I've had a few people ask me when the next one will be - it can be whenever you want one! I wanted to ensure people knew how to set one up so that going forward, candidates can continue to schedule these chats if they find them useful. [caption id="attachment_2075" align="alignright" width="128"] Twitter icon from Iconfinder[/caption] Why #chartership chat? We all learn in different ways, and seek support from different methods. For me, chartership chat on...

OK, I've not actually become Scottish (though the name does have quite a nice ring to it!). In actual fact the capitalisation should really be MCLIP - I recently received confirmation that I have passed my CILIP Chartership. This now means I'm a bona fide chartered information professional and have therefore achieved the goal I set out to when I declared at my graduate trainee interview in August 2005 that I wanted to study for my MSc in Library and Information Studies and then go on to charter (hmm, maybe I do plan things after all!). I posted earlier some initial...

What? Why the planning? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="214"] Which path to choose? by Mark Smallwood[/caption] I'm going through a period of self-reflection at the moment, and it's something I go through regularly when I finish studying or close a chapter of my life. One day I'm just plodding along as normal, and then suddenly I have extra free time and I start thinking. Thinking is good, but life thinking is HARD. I'm an opportunist type of person, so I never really planned to be a librarian - I just knew teaching wasn't for me at the time I had to make a...

WARNING: long blog post! I've been promising a number of people a blog post on how I archive tweets. I set archives up for lots of reasons - often for an event I am attending to record tweets to refer to at a later date, or sometimes for projects I am involved in to keep a record of conversations. There are a number of different methods of archiving tweets, some of which are outlined below. NB: This post covers archiving tweets made using a specific hashtag from all users, not archiving personal tweets.
  1. TAGS (Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet)
  2. Twubs
  3. Eventifier
  4. Tweet Archivist
  5. TweetDoc
There is also HootSuite (with Pro subscription), but I'm just focusing on the free options in this post. My preferred tool at the moment is TAGS, but in order to try some other options out, I set up archives each of the five services for the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group conference which took place on 10th-11th September 2012. The conference has an official hashtag of #cig12, though we noticed some people are using #cig2012. Unfortunately, during the CIG conference, another event began which was using #cig2012 as their hashtag so we also collected their tweets! With the exception of TAGS (which was set up on 5th Sept) and TweetDoc (which collects tweets after the event), all the archives were set up on 9th September.

I've recently submitted my CILIP Chartership portfolio and thought it would be worthwhile to share my experiences - what I liked, what I disliked, what I plan to continue, and my advice to others. First a brief overview of my process: October 2011 - initial investigation into Chartership (discussions on Twitter and in person), found a mentor willing to mentor me virtually. November 2011 - attended a one day Chartership course hosted by CILIP Career Development Group West Midlands. December 2011 - registered for Chartership and set up wiki for progress reporting and mentor communication. Created first version of PPDP (Personal Professional Development Plan). January-August...

I've always been interested in knowing more about the governance of professional organisations such as Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and American Library Association (ALA). I like to know how decisions are made and the structure of the organisation so that I can work out where I best fit and how I can help move things forward. I've been involved in the following ways so far to help me begin to get my head around this: Organised and chaired the first CILIP Election Hustings in November 2010 (on behalf of CILIP West Midlands) Attended CILIP AGM 2011 Been involved in committee...

I'm pleased to see so many people interested in the Library Leadership Reading Group (see earlier blog post and Google Document for further information) and from the tweets quite a few people have decided to join in this month's book discussion based on Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and The New Science. The first discussion will take place on Twitter using the #llrg tag on 31st July at 7.30-8.30pm (UK time). If you haven't participated in a Twitter chat yet I'd recommend reading this blog post in preparation. Essentially all you need to do is to have a Twitter account and to...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="130"] ALA NMRT logo[/caption] I've recently taken on a new committee position in ALA as Chair of the NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Discussion Forum committee. As the name suggests, this is a committee that operates virtually so is perfect or someone like myself who is based in a different geographic location to most of the organisation. I really appreciate the fact that I can still be involved in ALA committee work even if I am unable to attend the conferences, and hope CILIP will also increase options for getting involved in committees even if you can't...