Building Your Portfolio, 3rd edition

May 2015 | 160pp

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Building Your Portfolio, 3rd edition
The CILIP guide

Edited by Kath Owen and Margaret Watson

Reflecting on achievements and presenting evidence of enhanced knowledge and skills underpin many professional and educational qualifications. Building a portfolio is key to recording and demonstrating this professional development, and gaining official recognition in the form of CILIP Professional Registration. 

Set out in a user-friendly format, and covering each element of a portfolio, Building Your Portfolio: The CILIP guide is packed with examples, useful hints and tips, personal contributions from successful applicants, web links, and further reading to help you develop a top-notch portfolio. The role of the VLE, new submission routes including e-submission and the new route to Revalidation are all clearly explained.

Readership: The book will be vital reading for all library and information practitioners working towards any of the three levels of CILIP Professional Registration (Certification, Chartership, Fellowship), candidates for Revalidation and those beginning their first job in the sector. It will also be useful for mentors, employers of library and information staff, students of library and information science, and others interested in effectively recording their continuing professional development.

Foreword - Keith Wilson
1. Introduction and getting started
  • The purpose of the book
  • The Portfolio approach
2. Assessment criteria
  • What are assessment criteria?
  • Certification (ACLIP)
  • Chartership (MCLIP)
  • Fellowship (FCLIP)
  • Revalidation
  • Assessment of CILIP professional registration
  • Hints and tips
  • Case study 2.1 Keith Wilson: The criteria of assessment – why have them?
3. Working with a mentor
  • Finding a mentor
  • The role of a mentor
  • Case study 3.1 Lesley Randall: The value of mentoring
  • Case study 3.2 Donna Gundry and Nicola Forgham-Healy: Mentoring online
4. Reflective writing
  • What is reflective writing?
  • Reflective practice
  • Evaluation
  • Hints and tips
  • Case study 4.1 Keith Trickey: Approaches to reflective writing 
5. Curriculum vitae
  • What is a CV?
  • The CV in your Portfolio
  • Compiling your CV
  • Hints and tips
  • Conclusion
  • Case study 5.1 Karen Newton: My CV for Certification
  • Case Study 5.2 Jim Jackson:The Certification Experience
  • Case study 5.3 Margaret Watson: My CV for Fellowship
6. The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base
  • What is the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base?
  • How to use the PKSB
  • Setting goals
  • Development activity
  • Certification
  • Hints and tips
  • Chartership
  • Hints and tips
  • Fellowship
  • Revalidation
  • Hints and tips
7. Evaluative statements
  • What is an evaluative statement?
  • Making a start
  • Writing your evaluative statement
  • Hints and tips
  • Case study 7.1 Sarah Cockroft, Roberta Crossley and Heather Karpicki: 
  • The personal statement for Certification
  • Case study 7.2 Paul Tovell: 
  • Writing the evaluative statement for my Chartership Portfolio
  • Case study 7.3 Sue Westcott: 
  • Writing the personal statement for my Fellowship Portfolio
8. Supporting evidence
  • What is supporting evidence?
  • Make your evidence relevant
  • Reflect on your evidence
  • Evidence for Revalidation
  • Letters of support for Fellowship applications
  • Hints and tips
  • Case study 8.1 Ruth Wilkinson: Supporting evidence for my Chartership Portfolio
  • Case study 8.2 Ayub Khan: Supporting evidence for my Fellowship Portfolio
  • Case Study 8.3 Pam Martindale: Using Twitter for professional registration
9. The final steps
  • Portfolio checklist
  • Structure and presentation
  • What next?
  • Hints and tips
  • Case study 9.1 Linda Coombs: Chartership using the VLE
  • Case study 9.2 Chloe French: The Chartership experience
  • Case study 9.3 Shamin Renwick: The Fellowship experience
  • Case study 9.4 Pooja Tejura : The Certification Experience
  • Websites

Kath Owen chairs the CILIP Professional Registration and Accreditation Board and was a member of the Future Skills Project Board, which worked on professional registration and the PKSB. Until her retirement, Kath was a senior manager in Nottinghamshire Public Libraries with a particular interest in staff development. She revalidated her Fellowship in 2014.

Margaret Watson was President of CILIP 2003–4; the main theme for her presidency was continuing professional development (CPD). She chaired CILIP’s Qualifications Framework Steering Group and CILIP’s Ethics Panel. Now retired, Margaret works as a consultant and has facilitated training for CILIP Assessment Panels and the CILIP Mentor Scheme.



Sarah Cockroft, Calderdale Libraries

Linda Coombs, Librarian, Tresham College, Northamptonshire

Roberta Crossley, team leader, Calderdale Libraries West Area

Nicola Forgham-Healey, NHS medical library

Chloe French, librarian, Crawley Library

Donna Gundry, Head of Library Services, Plymouth College of Art

Jim Jackson, Career Development Champion, Library and Culture Services, University of Exeter

Heather Karpicki, team leader, Calderdale Libraries Central Area

Ayub Khan, Customer Services Manager, Warwickshire County Council

Pam Martindale, CILIP Professional Registration and Accreditation Board member

Karen Newton, Hub Services Manager, Sunderland Public Libraries

Lesley Randall, Senior Librarian, Wandsworth Borough Council

Shamin Renwick, academic librarian, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Pooja Tejura, library assistant, Sutton Library Service

Paul Tovell, District Manager, Staffordshire County Council

Keith Trickey, lead trainer, Sherrington Sanders

Sue Westcott, Head of Knowledge Management, Localities Team, Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Ruth Wilkinson, Information Services Co-coordinator, National Building Specification (NBS)

Keith Wilson, Technical Information Director, RIBA Enterprises Ltd

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