Obligatory reflective picture. A most unusual sight on the Rochdale Canal, I can tell you.
I read the #cpd23 blog, and liked the simplicity of the Borton model. It seemed much easier to use in everyday practice, so I applied it to my PDR preparation.
What – what have I been doing over the last year? Was it what I had planned? If not, why did I do it?
So what – what I have learned about myself, my role, my requirements, expectations & aspirations? What can I take away from this past year? How can I move forward and build upon these experiences effectively?
Now what – having set new goals, how can I achieve them this coming year?
For example, one of my goals is to improve my ICT skills. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not useless with it, but I’m not a natural technology lover. Well, no that’s not quite right. I absolutely love tech & gadgets. My house is stuffed with random bits of tech that have been acquired (but not necessarily used, to be honest) by either myself or my husband over the years & the wee boys are making their contributions too now. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that I’m not a natural at using certain forms of technology. I utilised a huge amount of medical technology in my previous job and didn’t bat an eye at new tech developments. In fact, if it came down to it, I could probably still rebuild a Puritan Bennett 840 ventilator wearing a blindfold. However, I cannot build a database, I don’t speak HTML and couldn’t produce a Prezi if my life depended upon it.
This probably used cassettes people......Remember, those twirly things that snapped all the time?
You see, the Internet went and happened whilst I was busy doing something else (it probably involved Guinness). IT, or “Business Studies” as it was called back in the day, was something that people who wanted to go into business or those who actually enjoyed playing on the BBC Micro B did as a GCSE. It wasn’t for the likes of me. You know, the ones with their head perpetually stuck in a book. So I remained blissfully ignorant…..
The very fact that I have even heard of Prezi and a whole host of other sites and tools is down to this programme & LISNPN. I dabble with RSS feeds & WordPress for #cpd23 and for work stuff, but I’m not as proficient as I would like to be. So, I’m going to sign up for the MOST modules which run at work. If they’re good enough for Bill Gates, then they’re alright by me. They’re not exactly what I want/need, but they’re free, will give me a good grounding in areas I’m less familiar with & they’ll keep me happily but lightly occupied until I finish my Chartership and can move onto ITQ. Then the world shall be my mollusc!
Another thing I wanted to reflect upon was time – or rather a distinct lack of it. Like a huge number of people, I don’t have a great deal of time to spare for CPD. I would dearly love to have more time, but the simple fact is that I don’t. I have a young family, so my priorities may be slightly different from others. However, I will contribute my twopenn’orth as and when I see fit. Just because I’m not blogging, tweeting, presenting or networking at a conference, it doesn’t mean I’m not lurking or thinking about issues that are relevant to my work & the wider LIS lansdscape. I am and thanks to CPD23, I know I’m not the only one.