Being inspired – whether it’s by someone else (common), or through a good idea of your own (less common!) is essential to keeping moving in this job. Big or small, those lightbulb moments are make my day.
Finding, and keeping up with, inspiring people is key. So having a netvibes page of RSS feeds from interesting blogs (either from libraries or individuals) is great but you’re only ever hearing from the same people. Do I hear the dreadful clang of an echo chamber?
CPD23 and cam23 2.0 is going to be great for me as an opportunity to widen my horizons – to find new inspiring people. Perhaps they’ll be new people I don’t know yet: like EAHIL journey – who’s going to the same conference as me in a couple of weeks time.
Or perhaps it’s through people I know/know of in “real” life, but might get to know better/differently in blog-world: Deborah’s CPD Blog – cause I know she does some great teaching in her medical library in Chelmsford. Or The Ayre Line – since I’ve crossed paths with him back in our Leicester days, or the Health Informationist since I follow him on twitter and he’s a big name in medical library circles.
but what about people outside health/medicine – really important to look beyond the subject side of my job, and look to learn from people who are doing the same generic teaching/service that I do (the research skills, the reader services, the general teaching/training skills)? I might need a couple more posts from people outside medicine to see if they’re going to be talking about things that I can learn from – it’s tricky so early in the game to spot the people that are going to drop the bombshells of learning. But I’ll be scanning around and hoping to read as much as I can of the (jings!) c.600 bloggers who are working their way through the CPD23 and cam23 2.0 programmes