Libraries are hubs of learning for the community, but how would you rank your library’s learning culture for staff? Do you have an established system or is setting aside time for learning gathering dust on your library’s wish list . . . or are you somewhere in between?
Well, good news, it’s never too late to build a culture of learning! Because every library is different, there are endless ways to instill learning in your organization.
Take, for example, the gamified readers’ advisory for staff that was created at the Whatcom County Library System (WA). Or the one-hour-a-week approach that the small staff at Spartanburg County Public Libraries (SC) instituted.
Sometimes the prospect of limitless options can lead to paralysis, as explained by Betha Gutsche in Anytime + Anywhere = Never: Motivating the Self-Directed Learner.
In addition to this paradox, the Washington Library Trainers identify a wide set of barriers to self-directed learning and recommend ways to overcome those barriers, including a six-point concrete plan for success.
WebJunction has many self-directed resources for you to peruse, but we’re particularly excited for the free webinar on August 24, Build Your Learning Culture: The Whole Organization Approach, presented by Jami Carter, creator of the self-directed achievement model.
This webinar is for all library staff, from front line to administration, and will encourage a broad approach to creating organizational learning structures. Join us to learn how libraries of all sizes can map learning strategies to highlight the most impactful opportunities for staff.