I revalidated with CILIP in November, and found it a clean and transparent process. I like to think I'm both pretty reflective and up-to-speed with our profession, and this process reassured me on both points.
I've attended some great events:
- CILIP Conference - In Liverpool, best keynotes speakers I've probably ever seen, including a real heroine of mine in Shami Chakrabarti.
- Sconul Winter Conference - London. Pretty standard fayre, but realised I've been sharing the same room as most of the delegates since 2005...
- White Rose Consortium Libraries Workshop - York, and the first time an event like this has been held. It was an absolute pleasure to join this event as the keynote speaker.
- 1st Relationship Management Conference - Stirling, in November. Yup, and 120 people came, giving myself and my fellow steering group members that we've tapped into something. Now for more workshops and maybe conference no.2 in 2017...
- CILIP finding a voice with the My Library by Right campaign
- Playing Jane Secker and Chris Morrison's Copyright Game
- Staring down some huge challenges at the Drill Hall, and finding reserves I didn't know I had, or that I'd need.
2016, where next?
2016 should see the birth of my first child, so that's framing most of my thoughts right now. However, I want to achieve a few things:
- Listen better, particularly by not just hearing what I want to hear.
- REALLY plan a good work life balance. I don't think my usual plans here are going to cut it with the baby!
- Professionalise my skills-set. If that means some serious study then by the end of 2016 I want to know what that will be and then I'm going to eat that cake one bite at a time.
- Drag more librarians down to visit the Drill Hall. It's a very special place and I'm going to shout about it more and make it blip on radars. If you want to come along coffee is on me.