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What? As I mentioned at the beginning of summer, I've been participating in and helping organise the 23 Things for Professional Development (CPD23) programme. The programme was slightly different to other 23 Things in that it focused on both tools and also techniques and strategies for professional development (rather than just web tools as in many previous 23 Things courses). I authored two of the 'things' - Thing 3 on Consider your personal brand, and Thing 19 on Integrating the Things. I've also helped encourage conversation on Twitter and have contributed some of the @cpd23 account tweets as well as looking out for queries on the #cpd23 hashtag. As a participant I blogged at Joeyanne's 23 Things for Professional Development and have recently completed all 23 things.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Would be nice if Chartership involved chartering a boat..."]Motor Yacht Helios in Darwin Harbour February 2009[/caption] So, the dissertation is over and I should get my results in December. I'm taking a little bit of a break from studying now but I'm planning to start my CILIP Chartership next year so I've started doing some preparation for that. To charter or not to charter? For me this was an easy decision to make - I've been wanting to begin my Chartership for a while now. Since starting my first professional level post in October 2008, I've been engaged in a number of different professional activities in order to increase my understanding and further develop my skills. Professional development is an important element of my career, and I view Chartership as the first step of this journey.

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 fifth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010 and January 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. I decided to do Library Day in the Life a little different this time round; partly because I've been busy, and partly as I'm not sure verbatim accounts are the most interesting thing to write or read. So instead I'll be writing a summary of what I've been up to this week (using Nirvana, my to do list, to help me as I can check my logbook to see what tasks I've finished). My work life and professional interests often cross over so this list includes some pure work tasks, and other professional related tasks such as committee work and studying.

[picappgallerysingle id="302609"]Continuing on the tradition from 2008 and 2009, it's time for my end of year blog post. As a naturally reflective person, I find it very useful to reflect back on my achievements of the year and consider what to focus on next. It's also useful to look at my previous end of year posts and look back at what I've done in the last few years. So what did 2010 bring? Well, I certainly satisfied that itch I mentioned this time last year!

[picappgallerysingle id="258453"]So, as I may have mentioned (I think it's taking over my life at the moment!), I'm currently writing my dissertation for my MSc Information and Library Studies course. I'll be doing my research over summer, but in the meantime I'm actually writing it in the correct order rather than leaving the literature review until the end, which I may have been guilty of when writing my undergraduate dissertation (on gender stereotyping in sport, bit of a change of subject!). I've noticed during this process though, that it's incredibly easy to get out of the habit of writing in...

[picappgallerysingle id="5265589"] The time has finally come - I just can't put it off any more! I've been taking a break from studying whilst I settle into my new job, but I can't really use that excuse anymore as I've been in this job for over a year now. I've been researching ideas for my dissertation for a while now, and have been spending a lot of time reading, researching and thinking - now it's time to do some real work. I've been talking to lots of people about my ideas; I must mention special thanks to Sarah Oxford from University of...

I recently completed a survey for an MSc dissertation project about academic librarians and their involvement in reasearch. Details of the survey (taken from the website): Whilst academic librarians have as a core responsibility facilitating the research of others, not as many conduct their own. The purpose of this study is to understand more fully the motivations and barriers for UK academic librarians to conduct research and to publish. This study will take place during the autumn and winter of 2008. This study will form the core of a dissertation in support of an MSc Information and Library Management at the University...

Just over a year ago I had my first go on an iPod Touch and raved about it. Shortly after I caved in and bought myself one. At the time, although I loved my new gadget I was worried I'd made the wrong decision as it isn't a cheap gadget at £269 (as was the price of my 16GB model this time last year). However, looking back over the last year, I can definitely say it was not a waste of money. I absolutely love my iPod Touch and use it on an almost daily basis. Since I bought it, there...

I forgot to mention this on the blog - I received my results for my final assignment a few weeks ago and I've had them confirmed so I have now successfully completed my Diploma! :) I'm still keen to continue to Masters level and my plan is to concentrate on my dissertation next year. I'm still not 100% sure what the dissertation will be based on but I'd definitely like to do something with new technologies. I've recently put in a project proposal for running a Learning 2.0/23 Things programme at work which I've been wanting to do for ages. I feel...