Day 29: Studies by Snugg LePupp via CC license on Flickr
So I am embarking on my professional registration journey with LIANZA – I hope to trace the next 12 months of mentoring here on my blog as well as my overall impressions of the Professional Registration Scheme.
So – where to begin?
I applied for Professional Registration back in August 2013 once I had finished my BA and was eligible to apply for pre-registration. I received my acceptance letter a week or two ago, saying that my pre-registration has been approved and now I need to find my mentor (already done!) and come up with a Professional Training Plan for the next twelve months. Then it needs to be signed off by my mentor and then I go ahead and complete the plan and record my learning in a Portfolio of Learning, which can be based off the Revalidation Journal template available on the LIANZA website.
Seems straight-forward enough…
So I started with mind-mapping some professional development activities or opportunities I could do over the next twelve months (or maybe further ahead).
The trouble I’m having is that I’ve already been involved in a number of professional development activities over the past year, some of which included:
- Writing two books reviews for Library Review
- Presenting two sessions at LIANZA Conference 2013
- Writing two 3000 word papers (one for my BA research and one for the Conference paper)
- Writing abstracts for my Conference submissions
- Being part of the Communications Committee for LIANZA Conference 2013
- Running ANZ 23 Mobile Things with Kate Freedman for 6 months (May-November 2013)
- Being a member of the LIANZA Waikato/BOP Regional Committee
- Being editor of LIANZA’s Library Life
They have all been great experiences, but now I am finding it a bit more difficult coming up with ideas for professional development activities as I feel I have already done a few on my bucket list, and now I am trying to trump the ones I have already done. I’m also trying to keep it simple, as a few folk on Twitter reminded me that my new job will also be a lot of professional development in itself, and I should take time to enjoy and grow in that role.
So I think part of my job (at this stage) is coming up with some ideas, but also reigning in those ideas to allow time & space for growth in my new role. I know my mentor will also give me some helpful feedback, as well as my new manager 🙂
My impression of the Professional Registration scheme so far is that it is a more formal way to plan & document your professional development – I know that I already do some of these things anyway out of interest and a desire to grow as a professional – but this is probably a good way to keep your growth well-rounded.
Other people I have spoken to say it is a good way of keeping you on track, but one of the challenges they have found is documenting their learning & fitting it into the right BOK. They’ve also warned me not to leave it all to the end of the three years as it is harder looking back & filling in the blanks! Some points which hopefully I will take on board 🙂
So a few questions for you…
- How do you decide which activities are worth pursuing for Professional Registration?
- Are you involved with a Professional Registration (or the equivalent) scheme?
- What way do you find is the best way to record or solidify your learning – through blogging, a journal, etc?
- How do you balance formal professional development plans with informal learning & professional development that just happens (such as serendipitous conversations on Twitter :D)?
- Any other advice for me and others as they start this journey of formal (or informal) professional development?