The T is for Training Bookshelf: “ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development”

ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development. (2014). Alexandria: ASTD Press

Elaine Biech, editor 

ASTD_Handbook--CoverIf the title doesn’t already say all it all, let’s go one step further: Elaine Biech is one of our great ATD (Association for Talent Development) resources, and the Handbook is a treasured, foundational part of my talent-development book collection. Well organized and comprehensive in its survey of all aspects of talent development, the book makes nearly 100 of our greatest colleagues/mentors accessible to us within one volume. Whether you use it as an encyclopedia (exploring topics on an as-needed basis) or decide to read it cover-to-cover (and there’s no reason why you can’t do both), it’s a cherished must-have book.

–This brief review, originally written as a “shelf talker” posted in the conference bookstore at the ATD 2016 International Conference & Exposition in Denver (May 2016), is re-posted here with the permission of our ATD colleagues. 

Author: paulsignorelli

I'm Paul Signorelli, a San Francisco-based writer/digital journalist, trainer, presenter, and consultant. I explore, use, write about, and help others become familiar with Web 2.0 technology to creatively facilitate positive change within organizations; develop/manage workplace learning and performance (staff training) programs and provide instructional design support; assist in organization development (strategic planning, information management, content strategy, critical thinking in decision-making, marketing/public relations); and help clients improve face to face and online presentation skills. My career includes: •Working with Blue Shield of California's Health Reform Program Instructional Design Team in training staff as they implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. •Helping Sutter VNA & Hospice nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others learn to use smartphones for medical record-keeping purposes. •Expanding and managing a successful workplace learning and performance (training) program for the 850 employees in the multi-facility San Francisco Public Library system. •Helping shape and edit an online consumer health toolkit (http://www.library.ca.gov/lds/docs/HealthToolkit.pdf). •Developing and managing mentoring programs in a variety of settings. •Creating and developing effective volunteer programs. •Serving as executive director of a nonprofit organization. •More than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit and government agencies to build sustainable collaborations between agencies and their customers. •More than 30 years of writing and editing for publication. I served as President of the Board (2010) with the Mt. Diablo Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and work on a variety of national ASTD activities as a member of the National Advisors for Chapters (January 2011 - December 20113). I'm also active with the American Library Association, where I am serving my second two-year term on the American Libraries Advisory Committee (2011 - 2013), and the New Media Consortium, where I'm on the 2011 Horizon Report Advisory Board. You’ll find more information, including writing samples and training resources, on my website at http://paulsignorelli.com.

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