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…