Chartership – some small progress

I attended a course entitled Chartership and Beyond (which I hear in my head in Buzz Lightyear’s voice) a couple of months ago. It was interesting, and informative and cheap, so all good there. The main talk was by Michael Martin on Preparing for Chartership. He had lots of useful info, like the fact that you can backdate your evidence as far back as when you finished your Library course. He also, during the tea break, reassured some of us that if you choose a mentor you don’t get on with, you can change them. Then we were given a talk by someone who had recently finished their Chartership. He was very enthusiastic, and went so far as to call the process fun! Not too sure I believe him on that one, but it was nice to hear such positive things. His part of the day overran somewhat, so we didn’t really get much in the way of the portfolio workshop or action planning in, but nobody seemed too bothered by that.
It inspired me to register (which I have now done), and someone (though I can’t remember who) told us about the JISCMAIL list for Chartership candidates LIS-CILIP-REG, which I have now signed up for. I am still umming and ahhing over the mentor selection, but have now filled in my mentee information form, and plan to contact a potential mentor this week.

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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…

Chartership – Taking the plunge

I have decided to get chartered. It’s something I’ve been considering for a while, but have been putting off. In fact, it has taken me four years of thinking about it to finally decide to get on with it. I know plenty of people who have chartered already, more who haven’t, and aren’t planning on it.
I’m hoping it will be a good experience – good for my professional/personal development, and for my career.