Chartership – Baby steps

I haven’t got as far as I had hoped to with the Chartering process. In fact, time has been running away from me – I can’t believe it is three months since I decided to do it.

I’ve read through the handbook – twice – and don’t think I’ve really taken any of it in yet. Not the most user-friendly handbook I’ve ever read. There is a ‘Framework Schema Diagram’ (any idea what that means?) which supposedly shows progression through the CILIP framework – I can’t follow it through with my own experience though, and I thought I followed a pretty standard route.

Anyway, the next steps are to register and choose a mentor.

Registration means filling in a form, which should be easy enough, and getting a certified copy of my MA certificate (I can’t really see why anyone would lie about having a LIS degree so they can get CILIP Chartership). So I’ll get that done over the next few days (hopefully).

The hard part is choosing a mentor. Actually, this is proving a bit of an obstacle for me. How to pick one? A large number of the mentors are listed as full, or only accept people from their place of work. Ok, so that narrows it down, but all the mentors who work in law libraries are full, so that just makes it more complicated. How do you choose a mentor? The guidance on the CILIP website doesn’t really help. It suggests you make a shortlist of mentors you might approach, and includes the handy advice that a mentor doesn’t need to be in your area or sector – that just makes the list even longer. How do I make a shortlist? No guidance on that. Most of the mentors don’t have any information about themselves on the CILIP site (despite apparently being encouraged to provide some). I don’t know what any of them are like. Do I just pick the first person on the list, stick a pin in at random, go for someone with a nice name?

Next week I am going on a Framework of Qualifications Workshop, hopefully that will help with my confusion…

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4 comments on “Chartership – Baby steps

  1. James Mullan says:

    Lore – thanks for this I have duly filled it in, but then I realised you havent’ said whether this is a survey for yourself or for someone else?

  2. Jennie says:

    Were you looking for the “got degree in non-library subject, then did library postgrad”?
    That’s the (as I thought) quite normal route I took, but I couldn’t find it on the diagram either. It meant I registered for the Pathway I thought was most similar, but when I told my boss, she said I was on the wrong one, so had to re-register for the other Pathway.
    Never let it be said that the handbook or paperwork are easy to understand!

    Thankfully though, the workshops are a great help, and you do tend to leave all fired up with enthusiasm about your ability to do it!

    I knew someone who would be my mentor, but had to wait until she’d done the accredited mentor course, so no help on choosing one. But if you want to discuss anything with someone who went through the whole pesky process recently, feel free to get in touch.

    And IGNORE the example portfolios on CILIPs site (if you can find them, good luck in that!), a portfolio doesn’t need to be anywhere near as complex or HUGE as the ones they’re using!

  3. Lore Librarian says:

    Jennie,
    Yes, that’s exactly what I was looking for!
    I didn’t realise there were sample portfolios on the website – I’ll have to have a hunt for them.
    I may well be in touch.
    Thanks!

  4. Pete Smith says:

    On getting a mentor…

    I “interviewed” two from my area, having identified them from the list.

    Most people will be happy to meet you to talk over the process and for you to decide if you could work with them.

    The routes diagram isn’t much use and the Body of Professional Knowledge is a nightmare- but a mentor will help with those things.

    Good luck with the process 🙂

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