15 May 2012

Developing Your Professional Portfolio: Publishing Your Practice & Research

Today the ANTLC (Academic & National Library Training Cooperative) hosted a seminar for information professional’s interest in developing their professional portfolios.

There were a range of speakers and attendees from many different libraries and different type of LIS positions. Many of the speakers were previous attendees at the annual ANTLC writing seminars and gave insights into how the experience of attending the seminars gave them the confidence and knowledge required to start writing for publication. Cathal McCauley, University Librarian, NUI Maynooth remarked in his presentation “The Importance of Disseminating Your Research & Practice for Continuing Professional Development” that this was a very good example of effective CPD.  Participants had used the information they had gained in previous seminars to publish and were now giving presentations on the experience.

Siobhán McCrystal from Stewart’s Care Ltd. discussed her recent article that appeared in the March issue entitled An Leabharlann (Value Added: Case study of a joint use Library) in which she used the skills and tools she learned from attending a previous ANTLC writing course and participating in the writing workshop organised by Helen Fallon.

Mark Tynan from UCD shared his writing experiences with the attendees. He encouraged all to consider thinking about writing about what they are involved in everyday as a starting point for articles. Getting into the habit of writing, not just articles, but starting with tweets, blogs, book reviews etc. is a great way of keeping the momentum going. He also gave tips on developing poster sessions.

Myself and Marjory Sliney, (Fingal Public Libraries) presented on the Associate and Fellowship levels of Membership of the Library Association of Ireland and how these can be achieved in part by writing for the profession.

Other topics covered by speakers were how to identify which journals and seminars to pitch your writing and research to, how to develop and abstract for submission, the pros and cons of writing with a collaborative partner and how to develop productive writing practices.

As a past participant of this course I can say that I found the information invaluable to get started writing for publication. This course has been organised every year by Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian, and NUI Maynooth. for the past six years and if you are interested in writing for publication to develop your professional portfolio I would highly recommend that you attend. For more information about ANLTC click here


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