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 reflections on the process, and still feel the same. I did find the process incredibly useful in terms of focusing my development. I’ve continued to update my PPDP, CV, and other information relating to professional development on a monthly basis, and I’m finding this really useful. I’ve made some decisions which will change my professional development activities going forward (more to come on this soon) and I think chartership has really helped in that respect as it’s encouraged me to be more reflective and to take action based on where I’m at and where I’d like to be in the future. I have no grand master plan, but I’m in a much better place now to know what I have already achieved and what I still hope to achieve, as well as understanding what I really enjoy doing.
I found it really useful to look over other peoples’ portfolios whilst I was working on mine, so I thought I would share mine for anyone who would like a look. I’d recommend taking a look at a variety of portfolios to get some ideas for structure and format, but essentially each one will be different and may well not work for your situation. That’s absolutely fine, just go with whatever you find works best for you. Anyway, here’s my final portfolio:
If you’re working on chartership and could do with some moral support or have questions to ask, remember to use the LIS-CILIP-REG mailing list, and if you’re a tweeter you can ask questions on there using the #chartership tag – a number of us are keeping an eye on the tweets to help people out. There’s also a #chartership chat organised for this week – just set a saved search and start tweeting using the hashtag from 8pm on Thursday 25th October. Good luck!