CE Coordinators Survey Summary 2012
Through a CE Coordinator Needs Assessment, WebJunction sought to better understand the perspective of CE coordinators, trainers, and training managers on what training they think library staff need, as well as what their own needs are for delivering more effective training. The responses to this assessment provide a national perspective of current training needs, issues, and emerging trends from the perspective of the CE community. Responses to the survey were completed by 48 individuals.
Highlights of the results:
- The priorities for library staff training identified by CE trainers and managers aligned very well with the priorities identified in WebJunction's general member survey.
- Trainers and coordinators are using a variety of training approaches; they would like to be able to provide more quick how-to training, collaborative or learner-driven problem-solving, and in-depth skill development.
- In-person workshops are still the preferred format for delivering training to library staff, but live webinars and how-to videos are not far behind.
- The highest percentage of respondents selected "not enough staff time to take training" as the strongest barrier effective staff training; the second highest “strong barrier” is the "inability of staff to travel."
- To overcome identified barriers, respondents are most frequently applying new methods to motivate learners, trying new training methods, and looking for less expensive alternatives.
- When asked about their own training needs, the highest percentage of respondents chose "designing and delivering effective online training," followed by "designing and delivering a blended curriculum" and "new and emerging technologies."
- All respondents are either "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in trying out new training formats or strategies.
In sharing these results with the CE community, WebJunction hopes to spark discussions and initiatives that lead to new training resources that are engaging and move library staff skills forward.
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