Tuesday, 21 June 2011

23 Things for Professional Development

What happens if you cross a 23 Things programmes with CPD?
This time last year, I was working my way through not one, but two 23 Things programmes - one specifically for staff of Cambridge University Medical Library and one for library staff in any of the (many) Cambridge University libraries. Around about the same time, I attended the New Professionals Conference in Sheffield and came away even more inspired and enthusiastic than ever.  It occurred to me that the 23 Things model would work really well for new professionals, and the seed of an idea was planted.

The idea developed...
Back I came to Cambridge, and started discussing this idea with Katie Birkwood, who (luckily for me!) agreed to get involved.  A group of us got together, ranging from Graduate Trainees to library school students to fully qualified and more established information professionals to thrash out the idea some more.  We quickly came to the conclusion that running a 23 Things programme just for new professionals would mean that some of our slightly less new colleagues would feel that this programme wasn't for them and we'd lose the advantage of professionals at all levels sharing their experiences.  23 Things for New Professionals became 23 Things for Professional Development and #cpd23 was born.  Most of the original team work at one or other of the libraries of the University of Cambridge, but we thought the project would really benefit from input from people from outside our little echo chamber and we're very excited to have Jo Alcock, Bobbi Newman, Laura Woods, Bronagh McCrudden, Emma Illingworth and Sarah Ison on board.

There's a wonderful group running the programme.  Huge thanks to all of you for planning, writing and promoting the programme, tagging hundreds of participant blogs (500+ so far) and all the rest of the work that's going into putting 23 Things for Professional Development together.  Extra thanks to Katie for doing so much of the organising and introductory posting, Helen for doing the #npc2011 presentation, Claire for agreeing to present a poster at CILIP's Umbrella Conference and Charlotte for volunteering to do an hour-long webinar with me for NCompass Live (Nebraska) tomorrow afternoon!  The response has been incredible, I'm really looking forward to following the developments.


  1. Hi,
    Just to say a big thank you, to you and the whole team behind cpd23 for setting up and running the event. It's a great programme, especially for those of us unlikely to even get to go to any of the usual conferences or have many networking opportunities to connect to other people. Not only those in the same profession but also those trying to manage their own professional development and learn new skills.

    Thanks again.

  2. Hi Jillybean,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment! I'm really glad you like the line-up, I just hope we live up to your expectations now.

  3. Hello Niamh,

    Thank you and your team for creating this wonderful programme. The line up is in my opinion the best I've seen when compared to other 23 Things programmes.

    By the way, how do you pronounce your name?

  4. Hi Trinidad Librarian,

    You're welcome, hope you enjoy it!

    My name is pronounced Nee-uv (emphasis on the 'ee' with a very slight diphthong), but I'm generally happy with 'Neve'. I'm glad you asked!