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Baltimore - BelieveThis week’s topic – The Role Beliefs Play in Training-Teaching-Learning – was based on the Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningThe conversation was lively, even though there are few notes here. Go ahead…give it a listen!

On the call were Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, Kelly Brannock (a first timer to the program), and Jules Shore. You can listen to the show here.

By the way, the seventh anniversary of T is for Training is on September 13, 2015. Yippee!

bunker or cat ?Paul Signorelli started the discussion about what we can do to help learners make the connection between learning and the audience they serve with that learning? For example, if you’re training people to do reference work, how do you train them to understand truly how to apply what they are learning to their workplace? Paul offered this blog post as inspiration: Clive Thompson on the New Literacy. Ideas included:

  • Role playing
  • Shadowing
  • Working a practical application of the skill
  • Project based learning
  • Having the work supervisor ask that the person (trainee) share what he/she learned
  • Learners need to come to the training with an idea of how they intend to use what they are going to learn
  • Ask people why they are attending the training and get them to articulate how they will use the information

We talked about asking for feedback, which not only helps the trainer, but also helps the learner understand the impact that the training had.  Feedback needs to gathered several weeks or months after the event, when people may have implemented what they have learned.

Can learners, who come together for a training, create a community that becomes a long-term support community? (An ongoing community of learning.) How about creating learning buddies?

Paul asked an interesting question, who owns your learning?

On the call were Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, Jules Shore, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. You can listen to the show here.

Your Lips Touching Mine in the PhotoboothMaurice Coleman and Jill Hurst-Wahl talked about the online tools they have used for face-to-face training. Those tools include:

  • Google Doc for providing a list of resources that can be useful to participants during and after training. (And Google Sites if that still exists.)
  • YouTube so people can see how to do something.
  • Organization’s content management system or WordPress site.
  • SlideShare for pointing handouts and slides.
  • Evernote for sharing handouts, etc.
  • URL shorteners.
  • Bookmark sites (e.g.,

Video tools:

You can listen to the recording here.

With the ALA Annual Conference in a few weeks, the crew talked about their favorite conference attendance tips and tricks.  You can here the whole episode T is for Training.  On the call were Kate Kosturski (who hosted this episode), Andrea Snyder, Jules Shore and a drop-in visitor.

On the call were Stephanie Zimmerman, Mickey Coalwell, Michael Porter, Andrea Snyder,  Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Patti Poe, Maurice Coleman, and [for a short time] Jeremiah.  We began by discussing this article:

Plett, Heather (@heatherplett). What it means to “hold space” for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well.  March 11, 2015.

We also noted that Plett has written a follow-up article entitled,”How to hold space for yourself first,” which we encourage that people read.

Green space inside Slocum HallThe group talked about almost all of the eight tips and found relevance in all of them for both learners and trainers.  Patti noted that the tips describe a good work environment and good bosses.  It is also a good guide for mentoring, and a great reading for people, who work the reference desk.

Those of us, who were on the call, want to thank Heather Plett for these two articles.  She sparked a wonderful conversation among us!

A book mentioned during the show was Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.  There was also a quick reference to Six Thinking Hats.

You can listen to the show here.

On the call were Paul Signorelli and Maurice Coleman, who discussed how to ensure your training causes the change it was designed to do and what it means to be a 21st century learner. The conversation emerged from the article:

Conrad Gottfredson, Conrad and Bob Mosher. “Are You Meeting All Five Moments of Learning Need?” Learning Solutions Magazine, June 18, 2012.

Because Paul seems to read everything and remember what he read, he mentions several resources/books during the show.

You can listen to the show here.

On the call were Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Andrea Snyder and Diane Hucklebee.  Two of the topics this week were inspiring continued change, doing what’s uncomfortable, and managing disruptive students/people.

You can listen to the show here.

On this T is for Training, Stephanie Zimmerman started us off with a conversation on ILEAD USA: Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover, which she participated in.  iLEAD USA is being used in 10 U.S. states. The videos from the keynotes and invited speakers from this event are at  Information on the iLEAD Pennsylvania teams is at  Stephanie noted that there was a heavy use of Twitter during the live event.  The iLEAD Twitter name is @ILEAD_USA and they used the hashtag of #ileadusa.

Stephanie’s iLEAD presentation and handouts are at:

Stephanie mentioned this book Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, which Eli Neiburger mentioned in his presentation.  The Project Gutenberg version is at

The near-final topic was on how to make conference more appropriate for long-term participants. (Dear Conference Organizers, yes, this is an issue.  How can we help?)

In a tangent, the crew talked about how public libraries are chartered in New York and Maryland.  For NYS info, go to

On the call were Angela Paterek (@trainingpassion), Stephanie Zimmerman (@slzimm1) , Andrea Snyder (@alsnyder02), Jill Hurst-Wahl (@jill_hw) and Maurice Coleman (@baldgeekinMD). You can listen to the show here.

Green SpongeLibraries are all about lifelong learning.  How do we support/push/encourage people towards learning about things that they don’t know (and perhaps even don’t know what they don’t know)? How do we get people to become sponges soaking up information and skills, rather than mugs waiting to be filled with knowledge? We recognize that we need to make it safe for people to ask about the things that they don’t know, and make it safe to try something and fail.

The crew talked about many aspects of this, including:

  • When people have a “moment of need”, can they figure out how to learn the important information?
  • Do people fear failure or fear success?
  • How do you meet people “where they are” (in what they need to know)?

At the end of the show, we talked about weeding your responsibilities and finding joy in your work.

On the call were Andrea Snyder, Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli and Jill Hurst-Wahl. You can listen to the episode here.


Today’s topic was careers of teaching/training in librarianship. How does someone get started as a Staff Development or Trainer, whether directly after library school or as a mid-career move.  On the call were Maurice Coleman, Kate Kosturski, Patti Poe, Laura Botts, and Paul Signorelli.

A resource mentioned was “Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.”

The show can be listened to here.


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