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An introduction to school librarianship
An introduction to school librarianship

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Session 8: Reflection and review

Introduction

In the final session of this course, you will consider how to think about your experience and learning on your journey as a librarian, and systematically approach the process of reflection and review. This practice is essential in helping you assess yourself and your library’s performance, and the effectiveness of your role. It can also help you to appreciate how you have ‘grown’ in confidence, expertise and professional stature. By placing your projects and strategies in a practical context, analysing them, and arriving at conclusions, you can evaluate your performance, and identify areas of success, areas which require further development, and areas that need changing altogether. This process can often involve a colleague or line manager who may offer an alternative perspective by considering matters from an independent, unbiased point of view. This kind of reflection is vital to your library’s development plans, your continuing professional development (CPD), and is also integral to your performance review.

By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • understand the need to gather data and analyse it in context
  • recognise different ways to gather feedback from your stakeholders
  • use data analyses to review your performance and that of your library.