Thursday 27th March 2008 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston's Librarian, Mrs Heppell, has become a Chartered Librarian, an award that 'recognises the highest standards of professional practice.'
She joined Brooke Weston six years ago as a Library assistant, but since then has taken charge of the Library, gained her degree and worked towards Chartership by undertaking extra training. This included taking courses in lesson planning and promotion skills, writing for professional publications, leading seminars and updating her IT skills. She liaises with other Librarians across the region and is an active member of the East Midlands Youth Libraries Group.
Mrs Heppell submitted a 150 page portfolio to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) detailing and reflecting upon the many facets of her work. She said: 'It's just basically showing that as a Librarian you are always willing to train; that you've got a development plan that you're going to be working towards and that you're not going to stagnate professionally.'
CILIP said 'Chartered Membership … is considered the 'gold standard' for information and library professionals. It is recognised throughout the world. Chartered Membership is not an academic qualification but a recognition of the highest standards of professional practice and a commitment to undertake continuing professional development.'
Mrs Heppell gained her degree 18 months ago and then started to work towards her Chartership, liaising with mentor, Tricia Adams, Learning Resources Manager for children and young people in Northamptonshire.
Mrs Heppell said: 'Because the nature of Librarianship is changing you have to be developing all the time. Chartership is something you should have if you're serious about being a Librarian and developing it as a professional career.'