Professional reading for CPD

newspapersWhen 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
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