Manage Staff Development

  • WALT Learns Together: Overcoming the Paradox of Anytime + Anywhere = Never

    The Washington Library Trainers (WALT), an interest group of the Washington Library Association, is a group of staff training and development professionals working in Washington libraries. The group meets in person quarterly, with in-between meetings...

  • Reading Conversations: RA for All Library Staff

    With a new strategic goal to focus on increasing patron access to and engagement with books and reading, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) in Northwestern Washington embarked on an ambitious effort to get all of their staff ready and eager to ...

  • Anytime + Anywhere = Never: Motivating the Self-Directed Learner

    We all aspire to be lifelong learners, especially in service of our library patrons. And we have all hit the snag of "anytime + anywhere = never" ― the reality that unlimited access, unbounded time and lack of external motivators in self-di...

  • Closing the Knowledge Gap: March Poll Results

    Last month we asked about those job responsibilities that maybe weren't covered in your training to become library staff. Answers varied, but the most common area you identified was finances—whether that's how to create a budget, bookkeeping, or vend...

  • Self-Directed Achievement on a Small Scale

    When I first watched Jami Carter's webinar on Self-Directed Achievement (SDA), I was inspired, really inspired, and became an avowed evangelist for the SDA concept. Apparently, I was not the only one. Joan Blalock, branch manager of the Cowpens Libra...

  • New Year's Resolutions - Put a Goal on It!

    We are all familiar with the tradition of establishing resolutions for the New Year. Maybe not so many brownies and a little more walking? Or maybe spending more time with friends and family? Whatever the resolution, there is often a powerful sense o...

  • Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

    Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from t...

  • Team-Building with the Amazing Library Race

    Librarians and library staff at the Starke County Public Library System (IN) recently participated in a race inside the library. Five teams led by assigned captains performed specific tasks within a limited time and had a lot of fun in the process. S...

  • Activate the Online Learner: Taking Charge of Individual Learning

    The learner at the center has become a core strategy in education and training. Strategies like flipped classrooms, MOOCs, or peer collaborations are all part of a trend toward very personalized learning—me-learning. These trends increasingly emphasi...

  • Learning with Webinars: Library Staff in Poland go Full Steam Ahead

    Hundreds of library staff in Poland are benefiting from the recent launch of a webinar series in that country about public libraries, advocacy, and communication. The successful series was designed to provide practical information to librarians and o...