The first is Fellowship of CILIP, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the second is a student research excellence award. These are linked, because becoming a student again after about a million years has required me to keep a research diary and reflect on the skills I am developing.
I’ve had to learn to use Endnote and to use library catalogues properly and stick to a referencing style. I’ve even had to manage my research data. Returning ( and struggling) again to these research and information management skills caused me to think about my own skills development over the years and the CILIP portfolio offered a good structure for pause and reflect.
For those of you who like open practice and enjoy reading such things, I’ve put the outline of my CILIP portfolio here on my blog. The actual full thing has to be built within the CILIP VLE. Don’t start me on how frustrating it is trying to learn a new VLE. I shall reflect.
Doing research into management and leadership has been challenging too. At the Business School Research Conference today a panel of academic colleagues mused on how it is that so little of their research is ever taken up, or even read, by leaders and managers in practice. I pointed out that some of us were here doing research which was useful, relevant and likely to have an impact simply by virtue of our questions being questions we had been sufficiently motivated to research on top of doing a full time job. There was some nodding.
Anyway, its only Wednesday. The rest of the week includes menopause and massive financial planning, so it could go either way.