A few weeks ago I received some lovely news that my chartership submission was successful, and that I’m now a chartered librarian! I’m thrilled! If anyone working in a public library currently undertaking chartership wants a look at my portfolio I’m happy to share on the VLE, just drop me a message. Since submitting my portfolio I’ve … More Chartered!

Chartership submitted!

Today I finally submitted my chartership portfolio, what a feeling! It’s taken me ten months from finding a mentor to submitting and I’m pretty happy with that. I’ve really enjoyed the process, it’s inspired me to make a real commitment to continuous professional development, and to create time for meaningful reflection on what I do. I’m … More Chartership submitted!

Behind the Scenes at the Library: East Dunbartonshire

Happy World Book Day! A few months ago I was asked to give an interview to the Scottish Book Trust for their regular blog feature ‘Behind the Scenes at the Library’. It’s a great feature, which lets the public (and nosy library staff from other authorities!) get an insight into libraries across Scotland, and their … More Behind the Scenes at the Library: East Dunbartonshire

Visual Impairment Awareness

A couple of weeks ago I attended Visual Impairment Awareness training, organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and delivered by the charity Visibility (formerly Glasgow and the West of Scotland Society for the Blind). Visibility works throughout the West of Scotland, delivering a range of services and support to enable people living with visual impairment to live independently … More Visual Impairment Awareness

Book Week Scotland 2015

Last week East Dunbartonshire Libraries celebrated Book Week Scotland with a range of author visits and activities. Most exciting of all was our event A Canal Journey, inspired by this year’s theme ‘journeys’. One of my chartership objectives for Reader Development is developing and delivering Relaxing Reads sessions. These informal sessions are held every Wednesday … More Book Week Scotland 2015

CILIPS Autumn Gathering

On Thursday I attended my first CILIPS Autumn Gathering, thanks to the West Branch, who very kindly offered me a sponsored place. The conference themes Community Wellbeing and Professional Engagement really appealed to me. Several of my chartership objectives relate directly to community wellbeing, as I’m particularly enthusiastic about the role of libraries and reading in health and wellbeing. CILIP … More CILIPS Autumn Gathering

A morning in Perth

Last Friday I attended a Professional Registration and Portfolio Building workshop at the beautiful AK Bell Library in Perth. It’s something that I should have undertaken earlier in my Chartership journey, but timings unfortunately didn’t work out. As a result, some sections of the workshop were no longer relevant to me – eg. the process of … More A morning in Perth

Attending my first conference: diversity, empathy and cakes

I had the pleasure of attending the joint Community Diversity and Equality Group and Youth Libraries Group conference last week at the Beardmore Hotel in Clydebank. The conference theme ‘Diversity, Variety and Choice: how to put the right book in the right hands’ really appealed to me. Accessibility in libraries is something that I’m particularly passionate about, … More Attending my first conference: diversity, empathy and cakes


I’ve finally got round to starting my Chartership blog! I started the process a few months ago, and am now at the fun stage – undertaking projects and activities to increase knowledge and skills. I work in a public library, which is part of a local authority trust; East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, and … More Hello!