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“Ooops, out of time”

One of the goals I set myself at the beginning of this year was to blog more. This was mainly for the MCLIP I was hoping to start, as showing an awareness of Libraries outside your current sector is one of the requirements for CILIP Professional Registration. Sad – but inevitable – to say, neither […]

Dick Advocaacy

After a period of slightly unsettling instability I’ve finally decided to, at least, try to write a blog entry each week about the library and information sector. This is partly for my own benefit – the usual process of refining thoughts and opinions – but also as a contribution of sorts toward my hoped-for Chartership […]

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want…”

A strange few weeks recently: a rollercoaster which has caused me to question my commitment to the (public) library sector. It’s not really possible to go into much detail about specifically why, but I suppose I can say that for the last 18-months or so I have been working just about as hard as I […]


  This was – as the title suggests – a workshop to assist CILIP Professional Registration candidates collect the appropriate evidence toward a submission portfolio at all three levels: Certification, Chartership and Fellowship (and Revalidation where relevant). Here is a quick overview of how the evening progressed: Introductions from Mark Naylor and Maureen Pinder of […]


2014 was an interesting and – reasonably – productive year. I successfully (finally) completed my ACLIP portfolio; I joined the committee for the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of CILIP (I’m the social media manager, which basically means updating our Twitter and Facebook); I independently ran an (admittedly small-scale) event at Leeds Central Library, where I […]

Reflecting on the ACLIP Portfolio

Now that I have submitted my ACLIP portfolio*, I think it is time to offer some reflections on the process. In short, I have found it a very rewarding, if at times challenging, undertaking. It sometimes felt like it would never end, but the outcomes have been more than worth it – even if, strange […]

Introduction to Digital Curation MOOC – Week 2 Exercise

The second week of the UCL Digital Curation MOOC asked ‘attendees’ to perform some wider reading around the context for digital curation – i.e. the emergence of computers and associated technologies over the last century – and then to consider their own ‘place’ within that narrative. Delegates were asked to write 500 or so words […]