Having signed up for CPD23, I have spent quite a lot of today dithering about how to go about "Thing 1". The blog's name will probably change, as I hope will its appearance, but in the end I thought I had better just get started and refine the details later! I'm looking forward to CPD23, and hoping that it will help me not to get left behind in the rapidly changing library landscape. Librarians of my generation have had to adapt to enormous change - I sometimes think that it has been our equivalent of living through the Industrial Revolution - and yet we will still need to keep up and remain employable for many years to come. I'm hoping that the blog may be an aid to professional reflection, perhaps in a more manageable form than annual appraisals, and I'm also hoping that writing things down in front of witnesses might be a useful discipline.
I've had what one of my interviewers in my current post described as "a chequered career" - "no, no, you have broad experience", said another senior ex-librarian - progressing from special to academic to public to special to public to academic library. I now work part time at Cardiff University in a hybrid role, which is roughly two thirds cataloguing and one third subject liaison for the School of Welsh.