Personal Growth & Development

  • Resilient Library, Resilient You

    Libraries and change are two words welded together in this century. News stories abound about libraries making major shifts in direction to retain vitality in an age of rapidly emerging technologies and evolving community needs.

    Resilience is ...

  • Conquer Fear at the Podium

    Many of us are asked to speak in public, either at our own library or at other venues, about the resources we have to offer and how we continue to be relevant in the age of Google. How many of us can claim that we never feel nervous, terrified, or un...

  • 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...

  • Library Innovation: There is No Box

    "Innovation is not technology; it’s a way of thinking." To help us engage in innovative thinking, we need new metaphors and strategies. In The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator, presenters nudge the audience toward a chan...

  • Hooray for Healthy Work Habits!

    What is your biggest stressor today?

    If you replied, "Too much to do!" you are not alone. When presenters in the recent webinar Grace Under Pressure: Tips and Tricks to Cultivate a Positive Approach asked this same question ...

  • Finding Balance: Simple Steps to Create a Healthier Work Space, and a Happier Librarian

    Librarians are no strangers to stress. As we work to manage difficult conversations, balance priorities in the midst of budget cuts, or look for time to keep up with current trends in the field, there is no shortage of concerns or complex issues faci...

  • A Happy Hour for Library Staff Learning

    In February 2013, WebJunction hosted a webinar, Self-Directed Achievement: if you give library staff an hour, with Jami Carter and her team from the Tooele City Library in Utah. We have heard from a number of libraries that they have begun to use the...

  • M.A.P. for the Future of Online Learning

    Whether we are training our patrons, other library staff, or we are the learners, online learning is increasingly the reality for our learning opportunities. From a purely economic standpoint, online learning just makes sense as budgets continue to s...

  • Running the River of Lifelong Learning

    As libraries transform themselves to meet evolving needs, it is the people who work in libraries who must act as the actual instruments of change. Ideas about training and learning are also evolving. Increasingly, old notions and traditions are chall...

  • Making Change Happen Outside and In

    In a world of constant change, there are those who resist and those who are leaping forward to make things happen. Fortunately, the library field has a healthy contingent of “leapers”—library professionals who are full of ideas for how to renew and r...