Tuesday, 22 December 2015

2015... and relax

It's been 18 months since I last posted, and perhaps that's because I've been very busy with my current role, managing the Drill Hall Library in Kent. So much has happened this year though that I wanted to write it all down, for my own reflection and for anyone interested. So let's recap!


I revalidated with CILIP in November, and found it a clean and transparent process. I like to think I'm both pretty reflective and up-to-speed with our profession, and this process reassured me on both points.

I've attended some great events:
  • CILIP Conference - In Liverpool, best keynotes speakers I've probably ever seen, including a real heroine of mine in Shami Chakrabarti.
  • Sconul Winter Conference - London. Pretty standard fayre, but realised I've been sharing the same room as most of the delegates since 2005...
  • White Rose Consortium Libraries Workshop - York, and the first time an event like this has been held. It was an absolute pleasure to join this event as the keynote speaker.
  • 1st Relationship Management Conference - Stirling, in November. Yup, and 120 people came, giving myself and my fellow steering group members that we've tapped into something. Now for more workshops and maybe conference no.2 in 2017...

Other highlights:

  • CILIP finding a voice with the My Library by Right campaign
  • Playing Jane Secker and Chris Morrison's Copyright Game
  • Staring down some huge challenges at the Drill Hall, and finding reserves I didn't know I had, or that I'd need.

2016, where next?

2016 should see the birth of my first child, so that's framing most of my thoughts right now. However, I want to achieve a few things:
  • Listen better, particularly by not just hearing what I want to hear.
  • REALLY plan a good work life balance. I don't think my usual plans here are going to cut it with the baby!
  • Professionalise my skills-set. If that means some serious study then by the end of 2016 I want to know what that will be and then I'm going to eat that cake one bite at a time.
  • Drag more librarians down to visit the Drill Hall. It's a very special place and I'm going to shout about it more and make it blip on radars. If you want to come along coffee is on me.

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