Monday 19 January 2015

CakE - The Second Slice!

Last June my colleague Celine Carty and I introduced a new event to the Cambridge CPD calendar. CaKE - which stands for Cambridge Knowledge Exchange - provides a dedicated forum for library staff to feedback to their peers. Sadly not everyone gets a chance to attend all the conferences and courses they would like to and there was a real need for a way to share experiences in the Cambridge library community. CaKE provided a way to meet this need.

CaKE is intended to be very informal with short presentations, plenty of time for questions and of course networking over actual cake. This benefits attendees who are able to learn about the latest developments directly from those who attended and presenters who are able to practice their skills in an informal and supportive environment.

Due to the success of the initial event we decided to run a second event which filled up in less that 48 hours, showing that there is a definite appetite for knowledge sharing (pun intended!). We're now busily preparing the sessions, organising the venue and choosing which cakes to bake - although the famous gin and tonic cake is a must bake.

If you want to find out more about CaKE then you can visit the blog by clicking on the image below. You can also find write-ups of presentations from the first session, with those of the second session following shortly.

CaKE Blog

photo credit: Canucklibrarian via photopin cc

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Pinterest Resource Boards

As anyone who reads this blog will know I'm quite a big fan of Pinterest (although slightly less so now that they have started making people sign up to read the content. For me, not having to do this was one of the sites biggest selling points...)

I've used the site for resource boardsprofessional development tips and plain old library silliness! Below is a selection of the new boards I've been working on over the last few months. I hope some of the resources are helpful to you!

I do a lot of professional reading and I find a visual bookshelf a great way to keep track of what I've read:

Follow Claire Sewell's board Professional Reading on Pinterest.

I've been thinking about management and leadership for a while now. As I look towards the next stage of my career, management skills are going to become increasingly important. I'm finally in a (temporary) role where I can develop my skills in a practical way but I'm always on the lookout for ways to learn more. This board looks at resources on both leadership and management:

Follow Claire Sewell's board Check It Out: Leadership on Pinterest.

Like many others I'm still on the lookout for my next career move. Below is a resource board on job applications and interviews: