I managed to catch up on reading some wonderful #blogjune posts last night and one that caught my eye was from Two New Librarians about Using Conferences for PD. They provided a list of main points from NLS6 that resonated with them, and may be useful for new librarians; a checklist if you like. Here are their main points:
- Get a mentor
- Look the part
- Participate in professional associations
- Be open to opportunities
- Listen and learn – especially from mistakes
- Don’t burn your bridges
- Shamelessly steal ideas
- Learn something new everyday
- Be willing to take on new challenges
- Try new technologies
- Read widely
- Share your knowledge
- No creative effort is a waste – others will take notice and it may lead to other opportunities
The more I thought about it, the more I think these checkpoints would serve you well both professionally and personally. I’ve never been involved in a mentoring programme of any sort before this year and now I am fortunate to have both a workplace mentor and a study mentor (for te reo Māori) – both are awesome guides in their respective areas; knowledgeable, skilled, supportive and encouraging, and funnily enough, the remaining checklist items seem to fall into place because of that. With perhaps the exception of reading widely – something to work on.
Do you have a mentor for professional or personal development?