As we all know, opinion is divided on whether or not CILIP membership is worth the money, and one area where people often justify the spend is that is gives librarians the opportunity to Charter.
I plan to write a short series of posts looking at the pros and cons of chatership and linking to other blogs where the debate has been raised.
Of course there are many other things to consider when deciding whether or not to hand over your hard-earned cash to CILIP. And other aspects will certainly be drawn upon in this discussion.
If there is any particular aspect of the value (or lack of value) of Chartership that you feel should be raised please do let me know.
This discussion has been had several times already, but there are new professionals coming in all the time and new Chartership candidates starting the process along the way - so it's worth keeping it going. People are obviously continuing to choose Chatership as an option, why is that? There must be some value in it, or people would not continue to register.
Personally I got a lot out of the evidence collection process. And I wonder if the value is in the process, rather than the qualification. (Although having said that, if I do fail (and I'm hoping to find out in May), I will resubmitt, so there must be something in me that wants that piece of paper).
A key part of Chartership is reflective practice. Perhaps a little reflection on why we do it in the first place would be useful?
Are you Chartering and loving it? Why? (see this summary of a related talk)
Would you rather poke yourself in the eye with a sharp stick? Why?
And the official line? This is what CILIP say about the benefits of membership.