What will you learn in 2017? Have you set any professional learning goals?
Creating a learning plan is something an individual, a team, or a community of practice can do. It is a way of communicating intentions and identifying action steps to be taken to achieve your learning goals. Achieving learning goals can make your work life more satisfying and it can ultimately lead to improved library services.
There are many different approaches to creating a learning plan, but this article will overview a simple three step process that may work for you.
- Reflect: What did you do in 2016? What did you learn? What changed in your community, organization, and department or with your position? Think more broadly, too, and also consider… How has the field changed? What new technologies, trends, or opportunities have you not yet explored? Consider these questions and critically think about your workplace performance and consider areas for growth. It may be useful to solicit input from peers or supervisors who are familiar with your job performance, too.
- Set Goals: Based upon your reflection, identify things you want or need to learn. Start by creating a long list of possibilities and then establish priorities. Looking at the strategic goals for your library, organization or community can help you determine the learning priorities that are most relevant. Discussions with your supervisor can also be key as you narrow down your list of learning possibilities. From your list, select 3-5 learning goals. Try to set goals that are ambitious, yet realistic.
- Identify Actions: For each goal, create an action plan. How will you achieve each learning goal? Will you take a course? Attend a webinar? If so, we can help!
- Infopeople’s Planned Training Calendar can help you identify learning opportunities.
- If you want to receive email notices as courses and webinars are scheduled, you can sign up for the Infopeople training announcement list.
- Having trouble finding a course or webinar that addresses your learning goals? Please use this form to make a training suggestion.
- It’s critical that learning not stop at the end of the training. Applying what you have learned in your workplace is a vital action step to include in your plan. Infopeople training always emphasizes practical application.
Ready to start learning with us? Here are a few of our upcoming courses and webinars!
Online Courses (4 weeks, unless otherwise noted)
- After School and Out-of-School Programming – Instructor: Lisa Shaia
- Adult Literacy Programs – Instructor: Jane Salisbury
- Technology Planning – Instructor: Diana Silveira
- Widgets and Tweaks: Tools for spicing up old websites and blogs (2 week course) – Instructor: Rita Gavelis
- Introduction to Library Management – Instructor: Anne Cain
- Serving People with Mental Illness at Your Library – Instructor: Josh Berk
- Developing Effective Library Partnerships – Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
- Beyond Cataloging: RDA – Instructor: Emily Nimsakont
- Emotional Intelligence (Part 1) – Instructor: Catherine McHugh
- Programs for Emerging Adults – Instructor: Audrey Barbakoff
- All Work is Team Work (LSSC) – Instructor: Cheryl Gould
- Customer Service Challenges- Instructor: Mary Ross
- Supervisory Success – Instructor: Sarah Flowers
- Staying on Top of Technology – Instructor: David Lee King
- Re-Defining Safe at Work – Instructor: Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
Webinars (1 hour)
- Historypin: Connecting Communities with Local History – Presenter(s): Kerry Young
- What’s New in Children’s Literature 2017 – Presenter(s): Penny Peck
- Informational Books for Storytime – Presenter(s): Penny Peck
- What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2017 – Presenter(s): Michael Cart
If you would like to receive email notices as registration for these courses and webinars opens, please sign up for the Infopeople training announcement list.