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Maurice Coleman suggested that the resources from episode 272 are so important to know about that they be in their own blog post.

As library staff or as library supporters, you need to know that data is collected every year by IMLS about every public library outlet in the U.S., including U.S. territories. The data is then made available on the IMLS website. This data can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including as massive spreadsheets. That means that you can look at this data yourself.

Besides the report by Jill Hurst-Wahl, EveryLibrary Institute has also used this data. They have created a library funding map, which is linked below.


OCPL Central LibraryPaul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl had a lively discussion on this T is for Training. We began talking about the Vice Presidential Debate and public speaking, then pivoted to the report Public Library Survey Data: Some Answers, Many Questions, which was written by Jill and published by EveryLibrary Institute. Quoting the report landing page:

In “Public Library Survey Data: Some Answers, Many Questions”, Hurst-Wahl takes us through several data points to interrogate both the underlying reports as well as questioning the conventional wisdom about critical interrelated issues like the legal structure of public libraries, the staffing comportment of libraries, and the ways that properly-funded libraries express their mission, vision, and values. The crux of this discussion focuses on the role and importance of library staff, regardless of their job title or classification. “We know that this [IMLS] definition does not capture everything that public library staff does, especially considering both physical and virtual spaces,” writes Hurst-Wahl. “This definition does not reflect the depth of community services that members of the staff provide.” This report attempts to connect these dots and offers library leaders valuable insights for planning for success in a COVID-impacted world.

This report is based on Public Library Survey data that every public library in the U.S. (including our territories) provides and has access to. Yet it is likely that most library staff never look at the data or think about what stories it might tell or what data is missing. Given that most people are unfamiliar with it, it was wonderful to dig into the report with colleagues who are interested in what this data has to tell.

This episode of T is for Training is available through TalkShoe and through your favorite podcast delivery system (e.g., iTunes).


SunflowerThe gang was back together after a long hiatus! On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. After a long time away, we caught-up on what has happened in libraries and education (K-12 and higher ed) because of the ongoing pandemic. Yes, we talked about technology (or the lack of technology), the pandemic’s impact on library staff, and more.

You can listen to this episode on the TalkShoe platform, as well as wherever you got your podcast episode (e.g., iTunes). Our next episode will record on Oct. 8, 9 p.m. ET. If you would like to join us on the call, you can do so through the TalkShoe platform (free). We promise a lively conversation on training-teaching-learning.

Four people on T is for TrainingTonight Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman met and were – finally – about to record a show.  Our topic was producing results in online learning environments.  We began talked about the plans that academic institutions are making for the fall: online, high-flex (learn flex), hybrid, in-person. What will really work? Are institutions engaged in wishful thinking? Yes, we talked about technology (including Zoom), as well as things like building our own institutional tech support, embedding librarians  into classes, and more.

How do you produce results in your podcasting environment? We’ve been having technical problems with the platform we’ve been using.  (Yes, problems for a long time, but it has gotten worse.) So night we recorded on Zoom.  Maurice will transfer that recording to our podcasting platform and then it will be disseminated through the normal channels. Why am I tell you this? Because this blog post is going up before you’re able to listen to the show!


Kinetic 1042It’s no surprise to any of us that we have had to question a lot of our assumptions over the past few months; and it’s even less surprising that reversing our assumptions and taking actions or working under conditions that are the opposite of what we are used to doing has produced some positive results.  What’s are opposites?

The opposite -With this technique, you consider the exact opposite of what you would normally think or do.  For example, libraries are considered safe places.  What is the opposite of being a safe place and what ideas does that generate?  This can lead to some wild stuff and also some very interesting ideas that would be worth investigating.
We began by talking about our assumptions when the stay at home COVID-19 orders started and took it from there.  A lively show of busting assumptions and thinking of opposites.  On the call were a silent Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Andrea Snyder, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Paul Signorelli.


UntitledOn this week’s call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, Diane Huckabay, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Tom Haymes.  Maurice began by listing off things that have occurred since January. Wow. Even though our national news is causing us angst, there is some good news in our libraries as they begin to reopen. (Or this isn’t good news if you are part of #CloseTheLibraries.) At any rate, as trainers-teachers-learners, we talked about what this re-opening means for our libraries and academic institutions in terms of teaching and learning. Give a listen then join us on June 18 for our next show.


Living Desert Zoo and GardensThe T is for Training crew is taking tonight off. We need a breather from all of our virtual meetings. We’ll back back on June 4, 9:00 p.m. ET.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014We are now in week “forever minus X” of stay at home orders, working from home, virtual meetings, virtual teaching, etc., and wondering what our institutions will be like when our communities open back up (as if they have been totally closed). Where have we seen good uses of training, distance learning, virtual conference, online delivery of services, etc.? Where have we seen good pivots from on-site to online?  Where have we seen institutions expand what they are doing and perhaps gaining a bigger presence? What do we want our libraries to remember or keep doing?  On the call were Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and a silent Maurice Coleman.

We mentioned:
  • 2-minute video of a son helping his mother with a Zoom meeting
  • Tim’s tweets for the National Cowboy Museum
  • People getting used to using online tools for communication and growing in their comfort with it
  • People – rural and urban – have similar experiences through digital technology
  • The need for broadband stimulus legislation
  • National Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • Libraries and schools making wifi available in their parking lots
  • Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • K-12 schools sending school buses, with wifi, out info the community to help students access the Internet
  • Level of commitment and creativity among peers
  • The reversal of assumptions about how to schedule online training events (i.e., fast turn around works!)
  • Perspectives 2020, 24-hour global conference
  • Your best resources are your colleagues
  • Be kind to each other. and yourself.
  • Imagine how much less connected we would have been in 2010.
  • Rethink the normal for how people participate in online meetings.

This was a fun show!

Two phones video conferencingOn the call were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Diane Hackabay.  We’re now several weeks into social distancing and working from home.  Many of our meetings have moved into online video platforms.  In addition, professional conferences are moving online.  In this lively conversation, we discussed and ranted about online conferences and online meetings. We talked about what we hope these events might be in the future, as well as our frustration with some events that are occurring today.  We have a vision for the perfect platform and hope a company is paying attention and will develop it.

This was a fun conversation and we will do it again in two weeks (May 7, 9 p.m. ET).


Vintage TypewriterOn the call were Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Laura Fothergill (in chat), and Maurice Coleman.  Note that Tom has some tech problems at the start, but we got it straightened out, which led to an interesting conversation about digital learning platforms for live classes (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Shindig, Canvas,Big Blue Button).  We then pivoted and talked about Discovering Digital Humanity, which Tom wrote.  It was lively!

Our next show will be on April 23, 9 p.m. ET.