Professional Qualifications Fair



The Professional Qualifications Fair took place at the University of Kent on the afternoon of Friday 9 May. An outline of the day and the speaker’s presentations can be found below:

Franko Kowalczuk (CILIP) explained the recent changes to CILIP qualifications and the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) wheel. Franko is the Candidate Support Co-ordinator for CILIP London and South East Member networks and is contactable at 

Oliver Key (University of Surrey) discussed his experience studying towards CILIP Certification (ACLIP) and Chartership (MCLIP). To successfully complete the qualifications; Oliver advised finding a mentor, reading professional literature and breaking large tasks down into chunks and setting regular deadlines.

Ian Badger (University for the Creative Arts) reflected on his experience of revalidating with the new CILIP framework. He described the process as straightforward and a useful way of recording personal development.

David Copsey (Southern Counties Libraries Vocational Qualifications Network) discussed the 2 EDI Qualifications available in Libraries, Archives & Information Services. For further information visit

Alison Mills is an assessor on the EDI courses and spoke of her experience supporting students undertaking the qualification. Alison also explained the qualifications required to become an assessor.

Karen Earl, Sue Grimer & Jo Picton (University of Kent) have studied on the EDI course whilst working at the Templeman Library. They reported that the course fitted in with their day-to-day responsibilities and that they could easily track their progress online. The course has given them confidence for their next steps and enabled them to learn new skills and to reflect on their working practices. It also gave them the opportunity to meet new people and increased networking opportunities. This qualification also focused their attention on   personal development and encouraged them to sign up for new courses. In recognition of this, they received a certificate and have a new qualification.

Jane Gallagher (University of Kent) is a postgraduate student at the University of Aberystwyth and discussed her experience of distance learning. “A learning mindset is essential for information professionals”

Jane Knott (The Norton Knatchbull School) spoke of her recent experience of progressing from a Pg Dip to an MA in Library & Information Management with Robert Gordon University. If interested in doing the same, Jane recommended finding out more on the Robert Gordan website.

Stephen Pinfield (University of Sheffield) joined the event via Skype to promote the Information School at the University of Sheffield. The MA in Librarianship is available full-time (1 year) or part-time (2-3 years).


View the speaker’s presentations online     Ian’s Prezi presentation can be viewed at

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