I was honoured and excited to be asked not only to speak at the CILIPS Autumn Gathering this month, but also to be presented with an honorary membership. At the CILIPS Conference in June, I travelled to Dundee with Wendy Kirk to chair her session on Glasgow Women’s Library (above) so it was great to repeat the double act with Wendy chairing my session on my experience of CPD23. We had another wonderful day. The slides from all the sessions are now on the CILIPS webpage (as are the citations and pictures of the honorary membership presentations) and I have put mine on Slideshare too. I’m not sure they make a lot of sense without my commentary, but my main conclusion was that the CPD23 scheme was a great way to a) brush up my skills b) plug into a new network and c) reflect on my career at a critical point in my life (early retirement) and start thinking about where to go next. Everyone’s experience will be different – the last few slides suggest ways in which you can still access CPD23 or similar schemes, including an interesting article from Leigh Bunton comparing two programmes, one external and one in-house. It’s a model of learning in bite-sized, achievable chunks which could be applied to any subject. For more pictures of the event, see CILIPS’ Flickr set.