It’s hard to believe that this time last year, we were just starting off as a group. It’s been an amazing experience and after three events, we found ourselves at our AGM a couple of weeks ago. And a wonderful night it was too!
Gillian Kerins was our guest speaker for the night. Her talk was about committee work and CPD on a budget. I know all of us on the Committee were looking forward to hearing what insights she would have and we weren’t disappointed. What was particularly exciting was the emphasis that Gillian placed on the individual and the varied options that are open to someone who is interested in developing their career. There is no one course that we can take, but as individuals, we can develop our interest of whatever areas are of particular interest to us. This includes getting yourself online, reading a library journal that interests you or even writing a book review for a relevant journal or magazine. There are also more structured resources available, like online courses and interesting exchanges within the library world so you can see what other librarians in different fields are doing. Gillian also touched on areas that some people would rather shy away from: work experience, internships, and volunteering. There was also a special mention for the LAI and the wonderful and varied Committees that are associated with that group. If you are interested in libraries (as I’m sure you are if you’re reading this) then there must surely be at least one group of interest to you.
As always, we tried to accommodate for all of you who couldn’t make it. With that in mind, we set up a specific hashtag (cdgagm2013) on Twitter. Read our tweets from the event here.
Following her talk, there was at least one question in the Q&A that followed that asked for Gillian’s slides (and many more similar questions in the pub afterwards). Gillian was very helpful in supplying a link to her presentation, which you can see here.
The main talking-point of our AGM was the decision of some of our committee members to stand down. With that in mind, we at the LAICDG would like to express our gratitude for all their work over the last year (and those involved in the group before that). None of this would be possible without your hard work. It wasn’t all sad news, however, as we welcomed some new members, who we are looking forward to working with over the next few months in planning some exciting events for next year. As always, stay tuned to this blog for news!