Learning Log 58 – PKSB for New Role

Date: 18th May 2017

May 2017 PKSB Full Report.

Number: 58

Significant Experience: I produced my Professional Skills and Knowledge Base (PKSB) for my new role

What Happened?: After the first week or so in my new role, I realised that the PKSB I had produced in March 2017 was not fit for purpose, and for both my new role and for Fellowship, the most sensible approach would be to re-do my PKSB as this would also provide a baseline for my new management team

So What?: I found this a really useful exercise, as in only 2 months, that had been a significant change in my professional development needs. Reflecting back on my March 2017 version, it included areas that were not relevant to the role, but had been previously and in which I was not confident. This new one is purely about me as a professional in 2017 and is about developing me, not an idolized version (March 2016 version) or what righting past wrongs (March 2017 version). I also feel that I will have more support beyond ‘time’ to develop professionally.

Now What?: I shall use this document to form the basis of my professional development in the upcoming months, to help me become better in my role and more effectively support my end users.

When & Where?: Home, May 2017



Private: Learning Log 55 – Public Health Bolton Skills Audit

Date: 18th May 2017

Number: 55

Significant Experience: Creating and undertaking

What Happened?: I have summarized the activity here

So What?:  I found this to be very interesting and challenging piece of work to produce. It was nice to effectively transfer the skills I had developed producing the Knowledge for Healthcare Development Needs Analysis into a Public Health setting. I produced a good quality piece of work that I am proud of. However, despite it being undertaken successfully, the project itself was never fully realized within Public Health as after a change in the power structure within the team, appetite for it quickly died as new senior management already had development needs in place.

There were also issues during the creation with staff input, as with being an internal project, there was a lot of preconceived ideas and internal politics that impacted the quality of the project.

Now What?:  Now, when next working on such a wide piece of work I shall ensure that I have complete senior management buy-in to assure that I do not end up wasting several months of work due to power issues between members of staff within senior positions and to avoid professional disappointment.

When & Where?: Office Based – September 16 – March 17

Learning Log 53 – Fellowship Meeting 3 #Fellowshipfive

Date: 25th April 2017

Number: 53

Significant Experience: The 3rd meet up on the fellowship working group the #fellowship 5 (aka rising stars)

What Happened?: Not going to discuss action learning set but following that update and new goal setting in a roundtable discussion, then a focus on a couple of individuals CV’s

So What?: This approach is really working for me. It gives me clarity in a time that my brain is scrambled trying to get everything done before I change roles. The group is well-rounded and different enough to offer a variety of perspectives and experiences that enhance all aspects of discussion from concepts of good and evil to commuting options to myers-briggs in the Star Wars Universe! But the aspect I would like to highlight is the roundtable feedback on previous goals and setting of new ones. I think this aspect of the session blossomed today, becoming a min-hot bed of fellowship innovation and best practice. I have picked up lots of different tips and approaches on what has worked (and what hasn’t) and why people have approached a problem in a certain way or the order they have been tackled. I have so many thoughts and opportunities that I want to tackle all at the same time!

Now What?: I have decided on a start point for my ‘fellowship journey’ – March 11th 2016 – Day 1 of KfH Leadership Programme, potentially finishing 6 months into my role. This is  not a complete journey but the start of this new chapter in my life. I have 4 main goals for the next meet-up (Group themes from PKSB,find & upload previous PKSB, Annotate previous JD, Update CV). When I complete these I shall have a solid framework for my Fellowship portfolio.

When & Where?: Manchester, 25th April 2017

Learning Log 56: CILIP North West Member Network Study Day & AGM


Date: 23rd March 2017

Number: 46

Significant Experience: I hosted the member network study day & AGM for CILIP NW

What Happened?: The full event agenda is here

So What?: This is probably my favourite ‘library’ day of the year. It is a fantastic opportunity to find out what other services and library sectors are doing. It was really eye-opening on both a local best practice and national scale and this year covered areas that I had not considered ‘library’ before -such as independent publishing and enabling authoring in children through a specialist library service. I was rubbish at the AGM section though!

Now What?: This was incredibly impactful for me. I am going to take what Maria Grant discussed in her presentation and  be on the pathway to academic publication by March 2018.

When & Where: 7th March 2017, Anthony Burgess Foundation

Learning Log 50 – CILIP North West Portfolio Building Workshop

Date: 18th March 2017

Number: 50

Significant Experience: I attended the Portfolio Building Workshop led by Dan Livesey.

What Happened?: It was a morning session that aimed to give an introduction and overview of the professional registration process at all levels – Certification, Chartership and Fellowship (which I have signed up to complete this year). It covered PKSB use, and how as a senior professional, I could gain most from it.

So What?: I found this event so, so useful. It was presented in such a way that it broke down any nerves about going for Fellowship, and reinforced belief in the way our #Fellowshipfive are approaching it.

Now What?: I am going to complete my PKSB after the #fellowshipfive meeting in March, which will show me the areas I should be developing, as well as the areas I excel in. I can use this to mould my own professional development in 2017 to ensure I continue to develop so I can more effectively do my work.

When & Where?: MMU, 17th February 2017

Learning Log 48 – Creating ‘Tasks I Finished’ Section in my Bullet Journal

Date: 13th March 2017

Number: 48

Significant Experience: Creating an ongoing list within my Bullet Journal – ‘ Tasks I Finished’

What Happened?: Created a list of tasks I had finished/completed

So What?: Due to the nature of my work, some tasks are quite cyclical (for example a daily blog and a monthly newsletter) and when viewed upon through a negative lens (which I can do when my mood is low) it may seem that I am not achieveing much. To combat this, I decided to create a section in my monthly bullet journal sections dedicated to things that I had finished. This has been helpful because whilst crossing out something in a list is satisfying, I have relasied that writing it down adds a floursih to the finished task and is a good tool to reflect on quick wins and larger projects that our broken down.

Now What?: I shall continue to add items to my ‘tasks I finished’ list as it helps with both my confidence that I am supporting my organisation which improves my effectiveness and wellbeing.

When & Where?: Ongoing, my beautiful bullet journal.

Learning Log 46 – Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme: Celebration Event

Date: 19th February 2017

Number: 46

Significant Experience: Nick Poole’s Leadership Journey as part of the wider KfH Leadership programme celebration event

What Happened?: It was the final event of the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme that was an opportunity to meet up with everyone (perhaps) one last time, practice our elevator pitches and present our projects. As with every other event, there was also a library leader who discussed their career journey to point – this time being CILIP Chief Executive – Nick Poole

So What?: It may be in part Nick’s presentation style, but his journey resonated with me more than the other presenters. It was funny, honest and authentic – reflecting on past successes but showing how failures can be learnt from and can drive you on (something I do not do enough off). It was really very interesting how Nick also highlighted leaders that had developed him and that he had learnt from.

Now What?: From this, I am going to reflect on Nick’s ‘lessons learned’ and devise my own career plan – the basis of this shall be the CILIP PKSB and Fellowship which I will have completed by March 2018. This will not guarantee any future roles, but shall help me gain clearer understanding of where I want to be.

When & Where?: Senate House, London, 14th February 2017