Building an Effective Learning Culture: Webinar Recap

videoAt Infopeople’s November 1st Building an Effective Learning Culture webinar, two things became very clear:

  • Many libraries are already doing successful things to support effective professional learning. Great examples were shared!
  • Getting people together to talk about the hows and whys of a learning culture is a valuable experience. We can learn so much from one another!recording

Missed the webinar? No worries! A recording of the one-hour session is available, as are the PowerPoint slides, chat and handouts. Lisa Barnhart, Crystal Schimpf, Stephanie Gerding, Brenda Hough, Rachel Rubin, and Maurice Coleman all shared during the session.As a preview, here is a taste of the webinar content and discussion.

Building an effective learning culture is a journey not a destination and we’re all at different places. We asked webinar participants six “How does this work at your library?” questions and individuals shared their successes and challenges.

  1. Is there a BUDGET for professional learning?

As you might expect, responses varied greatly, from “Yes, solid funding!” to “Some funding” to “No funding”.

2. Is TIME for training/learning provided?

This sparked one of the most active discussions during the webinar. We mentioned Tooele City Library (UT) director Jami Carter’s experiences with having staff set a weekly goal that can be accomplished in one hour of learning  and asked other participants to share their experiences with time and professional learning.  Joan Blalock has also adopted the one-hour per week model in Spartanburg (SC). Some states/libraries have required CE hours. Several participants mentioned that finding time for training can be challenging, especially for part-time staff. A number of people mentioned that although there is time provided for formal learning opportunities, there is not a structure in place to support more informal learning.

3. Does the library have an ORGANIZED PROGRAM for staff development?

Not surprisingly, a number of webinar participants are in staff development or training positions in their libraries. Onboarding new staff was mentioned as a training need that sometimes dominates staff development time.

4. Is there LEADERSHIP BUY-IN regarding the importance of a learning culture?

Many webinar participants are in leadership roles in their libraries so when asked about leadership buy-in, they said, “That’s me and I’m actively encouraging it!” Other webinar participants reported varying levels of leadership buy-in.

5. Is there STAFF BUY-IN regarding the importance of a learning culture?

Based upon webinar participant input, this can be a challenge. While some staff enthusiastically embrace professional learning, getting other staff to buy-in can be difficult. Motivating ongoing learning seems to be a priority need.

6. What SUCCESSFUL METHODS has your library implemented for building a learning culture?

A lot of great ideas and examples were shared, including new hire orientation programs, individual learning plans for all staff, and leadership training programs.

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Is your organization interested in really focusing attention on building your learning culture? If so, you may be interested in participating in Infopeople’s upcoming pilot project! Up to 10 libraries will be selected. Each library will create a team with 3-5 participants. The team members will complete work individually and as a group. A mentor will be assigned to each group. Team fees are $500/team for CA residents and $600/team for outside CA.

Interested in learning more? Additional details are here. Applications are being accepted until November 23, 2016. Teams will not be selected based upon a first come, first serve basis, but instead will be selected to ensure diverse library sizes and geographic locations.

 

 

 

Emerging Tech Trends in Libraries

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Keeping up with technology can be a challenge! To help, we’ve hosted four webinars over the last several months featuring tech gurus Laura Solomon and David Lee King discussing emerging technology trends and how those trends are impacting library services.

Laura kicked off the series with the first webinar in December 2015. David followed-up with the second webinar in February 2016. David also presented the third webinar in March and then Laura finished up the series with the fourth webinar in June. Each session is one-hour long and is FREE for you to access.

School is out for summer, but you can be doing a whole lot of technology learning if you check these recorded sessions out now.

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Youth Services: Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Do you work in Library Youth Services? Infopeople has a number of upcoming training opportunities that may be of interest to you!

Age Range: Under 5 years old

Creating Baby Spaces in Public Libraries: Designing for Success 3-baby
1-hour webinar on Jan 27 with presenter Bridget Alexander

Sensory-Enhanced Storytimes
1-hour webinar on Feb 11 with presenters Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff and Laura Olson

Age Range: 5 – 12 years old

Children’s Programming on a Budget
4-week course with instructor Penny Peck  play colors
Free or low-cost library programs are a natural and effective way to meet the needs of school-age children and their parents or caregivers in your community. Your library’s programming efforts could include multicultural events, do-it-yourself craft and game programs, book-related movies, Lego clubs, board and electronic gaming programs, book discussion groups, Makerspace programs, storytelling, puppet shows, and “dog buddy” reading programs.  In this course, expert children’s librarian Penny Peck shares her practical experiences with determining, developing, and delivering programs that stimulate and engage children – all for a reasonable cost to your library.

Age Range: 12 – 18 years old

Adapting Informal Learning Practices for Teen Services: the labs @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
1-hour webinar on Feb 24 with presenter Corey Wittig

STEM and STEAM Programming for Teens in Libraries
1-hour webinar on Jan 21 with presenter Karen Jensen   youngpeople
Jensen will discuss the basic concepts behind both STEM and STEAM programming. We’ll also discuss the benefits for both libraries and the teens they serve. We’ll also provide you with some basic program starting points for STEAM programs that involve art, music and/or books.

Teen Services Fundamentals
4-week course with instructor Sarah Flowers
You’ll come away from the course with an understanding of the developmental needs of teens in our diverse society and tools to identify and enhance the library’s role in meeting those needs. This course will enable you to advocate for teens and for library services geared specifically to them.

Springing the Numbers

At the onset of April, we posted Infopeople’s busy and rich offerings for the month. And, wow, library staff got busy, too, and signed up, signed in, and signified a grand scale of engagement! Here’s a scan of how all that busy busy busy quantified:

  • Online courses that opened in April have 137 participants engaged.
  • Free webinars broadcast in April met with a combined audience of 707 viewers of the live events, and their archives were tapped 966 additional times!
  • Online independent learning series continued to draw new registrants, and currently have a combined total of 49 independent learners working through these service focus areas.

And here are the numbers we see in our social media presence:

  • As April drew to an end, @infotweets has 714 followers on Twitter, and received three to five notices a day of retweeting or favoriting by library leaders, staff and library staff development fans of posts we tweeted.
  • Infopeople’s Facebook page collected four new friends, bringing the total there to 414. We share our own events as well as compelling library world stories there, with our posts in April earning 134 Likes and/ Shares.
  • With the news that Google+ is likely on its way out, Infopeople is refocusing energy from that venue to Tumblr. An update on that will appear here soon.

Moving the Infoblog back to WordPress has made it much more discoverable. April’s podcasts and written posts on the blog saw 700 visitors beside all of you who subscribe directly or catch blog posting alerts on Twitter or Facebook.

With all that for April, there is no laurel resting now that May has bloomed. Upcoming this month are four new online courses, for which you can still register; at least five new free webinars; and ongoing opportunities to dive into our three currently open online independent learning series (Teaser: we’ve got another couple of those, on very different topics, in the works, planning for debut before the end of summer). In addition to all that, two of three limited enrollment sessions of an onground course opportunity, Mentoring: Challenge and Support in Equal Measures, are slated for May (with the third iteration in June).

So count yourself in and spring into some accessible professional development!

Archive for How to Organize and Run a Successful Human Library

Infopeople hosted a fascinating webinar today (Apr 30, 2014) on How to Organize and Run a Successful Human Library. Unfortunately the Infopeople website chose the minutes leading up to the start of the webinar to go down (Murphy’s Law, anyone?). So some folks may have not been able to get into the webinar in a timely fashion. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are happy to say that the webinar archive is up and ready for viewing.

Please not that this webinar had lots of really helpful handouts that can also be found at the above link. Enjoy!