So on Wednesday at half past eight I found myself a little way off my usual routine, the other side of the city from Sue Hill Towers in SE1 and soon to be a whole city away. Where was I going? Birmingham. Why was I going? No, not to escape the additional one million people who will be descending on the capital in the coming weeks, instead I was pleased to be making the trip not only to attend and speak at the annual Career Development Group National Conference, but also to meet with out team of Music Cataloguers working through the magnificent collection held at Birmingham Central Library.
Our team of three bring a desirable combination of cataloguing expertise and a breadth of musical knowledge. They are now well into this important project which is being managed by the American professional library service providers Backstage Library Works. Meeting with the team and management it was good to hear that the project has been running smoothly. This is one of many projects currently running at Birmingham Central Library which will soon be moving into a fantastic new building.
After this I was able to just trot round the corner (or in fact several corners, followed by a rapid retracing of my steps, stopping to ask directions of a passer-by before trotting off again this time in the right direction) just in time to see Michael Martin, CILIP's Adviser on Qualifications and Professional Development, explaining the CILIP Future Skills Project. Afterwards I spoke about Career paths and networking and I saw on the crowd a few familiar faces (which is always nice) and plenty of new faces (which is equally as pleasing).
The deserved winner of the New Professionals Prize was Rebecca Dorsett for her presentation entitled "Shelving together: collaborative working throughout different library environments".
My train back to London left from Birmingham Moor Street which is a lovely station for any rail enthusiasts out there
A full and satisfying day and thank you to CILIP CDG for the invitation to speak.