When I was working on my Chartership portfolio back in 2013, most of the CPD activities I was doing were training courses, events and conferences. The idea of reading a journal article rarely occurred to me – I think I saw journal articles as too scholarly and remote. However, these days, I am attending much less training (I have gone for a quality over quantity approach, and it’s really working) and, looking back at my CPD log, am reading a lot more professional literature to keep myself up to date.
There was a #uklibchat the other day on mid-career directions. Although I’m still early on in my librarian career, perhaps this is an indicator of moving away from an immediate post-qualification compulsion to learn all the things.
It’s good to reflect on what I’ve learnt from reading the article, book or blog post, so in my CPD log I have a column for Learning outcomes, new knowledge, will I do things differently? and another for the skills gap it’s helping me to fill. I often try to map it against the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), which will help when putting my Revalidation portfolio together. But if it’s a particularly thought-provoking piece, you could write your reflections down into a Word document – perfect evidence for Chartership or Revalidation.
(By the way, the converse of this is a sheet in my CPD log where I can write down any skills gaps I notice, and note down ideas to fill it)
Some examples of my professional reading lately, in case you’re interested or nosey:
|Professional reading||Learning outcomes, new knowledge, will I do things differently?||Skills gap|
|Collins, G. et al (2015) Using reflection on reading for revalidation, Nursing Times, 111: 23/24, p. 14-16||SRLA reflection framework. I will be using it for nurse revalidation reflection club – reflection model to structure club||Asked to start Nurse revalidation reflective reading club|
|Dovi, G (2015) Empowering change with traditional or virtual journal clubs. Nursing Management, 46(1):46-50||Help with structuring possible journal club, including virtually. Eg ‘How participants can prepare for a meeting’, overcoming barriers||Asked to start Nurse revalidation reflective reading club (possibly including via Skype)|
|Wright, K, Golder, S, & Lewis-Light, K (2015) ‘What value is the CINAHL database when searching for systematic reviews of qualitative studies?’ Systematic Reviews, 4:104||CINAHL has good index terms for qualitative research and methods, and in some cases retrieved unique results. As a result, I will use CINAHL for qualitative literature searches, even if it isn’t necessarily a nursing or allied health related topic||I could have more knowledge of the systematic review process. Skills gap relating to carrying out searches for systematic reviews|
|Ebenezer, C, Bath, P, Pinfield, S, (2014) ‘Access to and use of Web 2.0 and social media applications within the NHS in England: the role and impact of organisational culture, information governance, and communications policy‘||It will inform my Twitter training||PKSB 12.4 Social media and collaborative tools|
|The non-designer’s design book, Robin Williams||Useful for designing eLearning, promotional material and ideas to pass onto other library staff involved in creating eg posters, leaflets. I was familiar with some of the principles; this book has lots of examples which will help me get ideas||Graphic design|