My very first blog, hmm.
I guess I'm feeling a bit sceptical about blogging - mainly, how on earth will I find time to do it? Reading other people's blogs yesterday took up a couple of hours and I felt pretty guilty about that when the stock checking/ displays/ etc is all piling up. It's much the same as when I spend an afternoon actually reading my stock - feel I have to explain myself, as if I'm not doing anything.
So, why a blog now?
I saw the info about cpd23 via a CILIP mailing and really liked the idea of the self-directed programme. The topics are exactly the areas I've been needing to develop, and have actually done several CPD courses on, but never find that development space to get it embedded. So I'm hoping that I will get this into a routine and really make time - I've put the "Things" in my diary to look at on a Monday.
I'm also in the middle of my CILIP Chartership process and have been very stuck with it over the winter months, so I'm hoping this will help me keep up the momentum and develop my reflective practice.
I'm a secondary school librarian and feel like a sole worker, though I am lucky enough to have an assistant at lunchtimes, who does cataloguing, research for teachers, displays etc. I do have good contact with the teaching and support staff in school and also a brilliant Schools Library Service which keeps me in touch with my other High school Librarian colleagues.
Unlike the new bloggers (New Professionals) I was reading yesterday, I'm pretty much towards the later part of my career, though since the retirement date gets further off every time I look, I'm expecting to be around for a few years yet.
So now I have to do the scary bit and "go live" with my blog. There's the private bit of me which is hoping no-one notices!