Do you work in HE or FE in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire? Would you like to get out of the Library a bit more, keep up to date with current Library issues in FE and HE, network with colleagues from across the sectors, and give your professional development a boost?
Then read on...
The CoFHE (Colleges of Further and Higher Education) and UC&R (University College and Research) groups of CILIP are merging to form the Academic and Research Libraries Group, ARLG. In the Berks/Bucks/Oxon area, this means CoFHE Mid-West and UC&R BBO are dissolving, and re-forming as ARLG BBO. And we want you!
Even (especially) if you've never been involved in a professional group before, this is a brilliant opportunity to get started. In the past CoFHE and UC&R have organised local training events on many themes, from diversity in libraries to e-books, from managing difficult customers to libraries and Web 2.0. But it doesn't all have to be conferences and events - would you benefit more from a blog, a mailing list, Twitter feed, informal evening get-togethers? We want your ideas - and your participation. Being part of a local group is a great (and inexpensive!) way to broaden your perspectives, boost your professional development, get involved in activities beyond the scope of your day job (marketing, budgeting, chairing seminars...) and enhance your CV - all while getting to socialise and network with other local librarians.
We're holding an inaugural meeting/round-table discussion, for all interested education/research based librarians working in the region, on: Tuesday 29th May 2012, from 2 - 4.30 pm, in the Board Room at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College's Oxford campus (Oxpens Road, OX1 1SA - see http://www.ocvc.ac.uk/info/Find_us/Oxford.aspx ). The College is a short walk from the station and from city centre bus stops; there is a public car park at the Oxpens ice rink opposite the college. There'll be refreshments, so please email Rob Collier from this list: http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/special-interest-groups/c-of-he/circles/mid-west/pages/committee.aspx.