CILIP North West
“A Grand Day Out”
Needless to say, it didn’t.
Finally, I felt I had done enough to submit my MCLIP but the pesky reflective writing was hanging over me. So when I saw there was a session on reflective writing at a forthcoming CILIP CPD day, I knew I had to attend and slay the demon!
To be honest, I hadn’t paid much attention to the programme for the day beyond the reflective writing session. So it all came as a bit of a surprise, and a very inspiring one.
We moved on to a very enjoyable session with poet Dom Conlon about the Power of Poetry. Dom had my whole attention – I didn’t take any notes. It was a session that I found personally uplifting, like mindfulness or a yoga class, and a reminder that CPD can be for the whole person.
Then followed a series of lightning talks from a range of speakers from across the library sector.
Finally, we reached the session on reflective writing, led by Tracey Pratchett. We learned the purpose of reflective writing, which was an eye-opener in itself. We looked at different models and approaches to the practice and finally, we got to have a go. I felt so inspired by this point that I wrote furiously during the few minutes we had to complete the task. I wrote a useful reflection on the info lit lessons I had been teaching the previous week, using one of the models that Tracey had given us.
We completed the day with CILIP NW’s AGM.
“A Grand Day Out” delivered so much more than I was expecting from it. I wanted to learn how to write reflectively, and I have. But it has also helped me develop my information literacy knowledge, expanded my knowledge of the wider library sector and provided an opportunity to network with librarians from other sectors, plus given me an opportunity to develop leadership within school and within the profession by writing this reflective blog post!
I am writing this nearly three weeks after the event. Since then, I have been reflecting furiously, using a model from the day, and pulling together my MCLIP submission, which is now nearly ready to go. Another delegate and I have agreed to write reflectively together in future. I have signed up to more AI learning opportunities and offered a staff CPD session on AI, which has been well received – this has got me thinking about what else I could offer. I am organising to host one of the student delegates for a visit to my library. I am thinking about my possible future involvement with CILIP NW.
I was off work sick for most of 2022 and this event has been like a shot in the arm to get me re-inspired and back on track. Thank you to the CILIP NW team for such a fantastic day!
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
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