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Following the success of this week's chartership chat (kindly written up by @Library_Quine in her blog post), which had a theme of recording and collecting chartership evidence, we now need to decide a topic for the next chat on Thursday 29th March. I've put together a quick poll below of some of the ideas suggested, though please feel free to suggest another - we can always add it to a future list even if it's not the most popular for the next chat. Please do vote and pass on the link to any others you think might be interested in joining...

This week's chartership chat we're going to try theming the discussion. We had a great suggestions from one of the attendees, Kelly Quaye: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/kcquaye/status/175305291225763843"] It's a really common topic people want to discuss so I think it will be a really useful conversation. In preparation for the conversation I thought I'd share the methods I'm using to collect information about my activities and potential evidence, the main one of which is a Google form. There are a number of different tables or matrices for collating information about your evidence and I thought it would be useful to set one up as a Google spreadsheet and populate it using a Google form. The idea is that I can use the form to add information to the spreadsheet from anywhere at any point without having to load a document up first.

[caption id="attachment_1723" align="aligncenter" width="259" caption="My focus group toolkit"]Focus Group toolkit[/caption] One of the things I've learnt to do in my job as a researcher is to facilitate focus groups. I've attended a number of focus groups with colleagues now, so last week it was time to be responsible for facilitating one myself. Encouraged by my chartership mentor, I decided to reflect on this on my blog as I know many librarians are involved in focus groups and it tends to be a key area people are interested in advice on.

  by  mnadi  I didn't actually think I'd be writing a blog post about this yet - chairing meetings was on my list of things I'd be doing later this year (in my role as chair of CILIP West Midlands) but there was confusion over the date of the committee changeover. Seeing as the current chair couldn't attend the committee meeting earlier this week at the last minute, the rest of the committee decided I should chair the meeting (which left the Vice Chair very confused as the current Chair had asked him to stand in). Unfortunately I got lost on my way...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Studying?! by J.Salmoral"][/caption] When I should have been writing my dissertation in 2009 I wrote a few articles for publication, but in the last 12-18 months my writing has pretty much stalled apart from blogging which I continue to do on a regular basis, and occasional articles for regional newsletters (because I'm on committees and sometimes get asked to write something up for the newsletter). Most of my publications have been in newsletter and magazines - I've only been through the peer-review process once and it was an event report so not as rigorous as a research...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="128" caption="Twitter Chat (image from Iconfinder)"][/caption] A little while ago, Rachel mentioned the idea of having a scheduled chat on Twitter for anyone doing CILIP Chartership. I liked the idea and thought it was something I would probably like to do to help me when I'm chartering. It's something I mentioned when I first starting thinking about Chartership, and was pleased to see others would like to join in too. Well, I registered for my Chartership in December, and Tina reminded me recently that we haven't had a Twitter chat on Chartership. I've been using the #chartership tag on...

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn't include the word librarian and I don't work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian - our research helps support the library and information communities.Just a short post...

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn't include the word librarian and I don't work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian - our research helps support the library and information communities.Today I was working...

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn't include the word librarian and I don't work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian - our research helps support the library and information communities.Day in the office today - which ironically usually means I get much...