Would you like to increase your level of professional engagement? Are you interested in doing more towards your continuing professional development (CPD)?
If so, then you’re in luck. This month sees the launch of ’23 Things for Professional Development’, a self-directed, self-paced, inclusive, practical, and free online programme open to information professionals in any type of role or sector, and from any part of the world.
What is it?
You may have already heard of, or taken part in, ’23 Things’ programmes that introduce and explain various types of social media. CPD23 takes this familiar format and gives it a twist: the programme covers not only social media Things but also more traditional CPD routes, such as gaining qualifications, presenting skills and getting published. Throughout the programme the focus is on how these tools can help you further your career.
What will I have to do?
The programme is completely informal, and no prior knowledge or experience is expected or assumed. Each week, details about one or more of the Things will be posted on the central CPD23 blog (http://cpd23.blogspot.com). We’ll invite you to explore the Thing in question--and don’t worry, we’ll provide lots of guidance--and then record your thoughts on your own personal blogs. Don’t panic if you haven’t already got a blog--that’s covered in Thing 1.
But if you do, and you’d like to use that for the programme, please feel free. We’ll also ask you, as part of Thing 2, to register your blog with us, just so we know you’re taking part and can say hello!
What will I gain from it?
23 Things for Professional Development is a great way to supercharge your CPD. It aims to assist you in exploring your own professional development and to increase your professional involvement. We hope that it will enable you to learn more about the different ways to enhance your career and equip you with the tools, skills, knowledge and confidence to boost, underline or kickstart your CPD. We also hope it’ll be a lot of fun and a brilliant opportunity to meet and get connected to other information professionals.
How do I join in?
23 Things for Professional Development starts officially on 20th June, 2011 and it runs until October. To join in, just visit the CPD23 blog on 20th June and get started! If you’ve got any questions at all, you can comment here, on the cpd23 blog, you can tweet @cpd23, or you can ask in the LISNPN forum thread. We’re really excited to see who’s signing up, so even if you don’t have a question do say hello!
23 Things programme was inspired by the 23 Things Cambridge programme, and is based on the original 23 Things programme at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenbury County in the USA in 2006.