Last month, June 2015, was my 20th anniversary of working in law libraries. In June 1995 I started my first post library school job working in the library at the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, from there I quickly moved on to the Faculty of Advocates to be a reader services library assistant. Since 1998 I’ve been in a variety of roles in two law firms, I’ve been at my current firm for nearly 12 years.
I don’t intend to blog on how things have changed in the last 20 years, others have already done this (see the posts on the Renaissance Utterances blog http://renaissanceutterances.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/twenty-years-as-law-librarian-admin.html and http://renaissanceutterances.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/twenty-years-as-law-librarian.html). Instead to celebrate this anniversary I am attempting CILIP Fellowship. CILIP describes Fellowship as –
“Fellowship is the pinnacle of professional recognition; a celebration of leadership and of significant contribution to the information professions.”
So why am I attempting this –
- I’ve been a CILIP member since I joined as a student in 1993 and at times have felt that their perceived bias towards public and academic libraries is the case. A way to show CILIP that corporate sector librarians are just as good is to achieve their top qualification.
- As a mid-career librarian Fellowship is the next natural step, it’s a long time since I Chartered and although I have revalidated my Chartership since I feel that the structure of Fellowship will be a good way to move forward personally and to make a difference to my organisation.
- Peer pressure! A group of librarians I am friendly with are also attempting Fellowship and I can’t help but feel that if they can do it so can (and should) I!
And now that I’ve made such a public statement on attempting Fellowship I had better get started. Watch this space for thoughts as I move through the process.