Here at Infopeople, we’re 100% focused on providing continuing education and professional development opportunities for library staff. It’s what we do! Every year we offer hundreds of training events for more than 5,000 people. We regularly and routinely ask those 5000 people for feedback regarding our courses, but we also ask them for feedback and insights about overall learning and training needs in libraries. It’s a huge opportunity for us to learn about workplace learning and what works… and what doesn’t.
Over the years we’ve noticed something interesting. On one side, we hear from library staff who wish for more support for their learning. We also hear from library administrators who wish they knew how to motivate their staff to prioritize learning. Ultimately, everyone wants the same thing. It’s based in awareness that our learning and growth will result in our ability to better serve the ever-changing needs in our communities. It’s important!
Learning is at the heart of what libraries do, yet we don’t always prioritize our own learning. Meaningful learning in a library is more than a single course or a single person. It’s a culture. That’s why Infopeople is excited to be developing a new initiative called Building an Effective Learning Culture. This 3-minute video describes what we mean by “learning culture”.
We’re trying some exciting new things with this program:
- Unlike the typical online course, participants will register in teams from a single library or library system, and will do work individually and in groups.
- It will include virtual mentoring.
- It will focus on new delivery methods that are divided into bite-sized chunks.
This pilot initiative will launch in January and run through June of 2017. Application materials will be available soon. Interested in learning more? You can stay current with this new initiative by filling out this form to join our mailing list. You can also register to attend a webinar we’re hosting on November 1st, which will talk more about this important topic and how your library can get involved in the initiative.