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3-21-16  Update:  The Talk is now up at T is for Training.  Download the podcast of the talk here 

This blog post is a summary of a session done at the Computers in Libraries Conference on March 10, 2016 by Maurice Coleman and Forrest Foster.  This post was originally published here and is republished here with permission,


Library as PodcasterForrest Foster, host of Let’s Talk Learning Spaces – he works at an academic library in North Carolina – and Maurice Coleman, host of T is for Training – he is technical trainer for Harford County Public Library.

Foster and Coleman did the session interviewing each other.
Questions asked  of each other included:
Your show is about what? Forrest started his show as a way of gathering and sharing information on learning spaces/learning commons. Maurice started his show after CIL eight years ago.  He wanted the conference experience all of the time.  He wanted an ongoing conversation on training, teaching, learning, and administration.
Who is your audience? For Forrest, it is anyone who wants to listen.  The show is marketed to academic librarians. For Maurice, his is for anyone Ina library who does training.
How do you connect with your audience?   Maurice said that people hear about the show through conferences, social media and talking to people.  Forrest asked people how we connect and said that’s what he does – email lists and social media.  Maurice noted that his shows has its own Twitter feed.
What do they (people) get out of it? For T is for Training, Maurice encourages people to show up.  People do answer questions for each other and share resources.  He provides connections to people who don’t normally connect.  For Forrest, the show provides some new information and also confirmation of their strategy.
How do you produce it? T is for Training is hosted on TalkShoe.  People use phone of Skype to call in.  Maurice doesn’t to a lot of “engineering” in the background.  Let’s Talk Learning Spaces uses BlogTalk Radio.  People can call into the show.  Generally he interviews someone.
Is there a theme or topic?  For T is for Training, Paul Signorelli frequently generates a topic, then the conversation goes on from there.  Let’s Talk Learning Spaces developed the topics based on the need of his library’s learning space.
Library as PodcasrerIs the show recorded or must you listen live?  Both!  The conversation happens live, and you can also listen to the recording afterwards.
How do you market it?  Email, Twitter, etc.
Forrest does his show at work.  Maurice does his at work or at home, depending on his schedule.  Maurice’s podcast is part of his professional development. Forrest’s show has a cost.
How did you get buy-in?  Forrest didn’t at first. He didn’t to prove return on investment.  Buy-in came with key people participating in it and the feedback he received. For Maurice, getting the then-current ALA president to call-in really helped with the buy-in.
Do you have outside funding?  Forrest, no.  Maurice said that people want to sponsor his show.  His sponsors are people he wants to promote or give him in-kind contributions.  He does not receive money from his sponsors.
The platform that Forrest uses has minimal costs.  There is no microphone or studio, since everyone calls into the show.
What challenges do you have? For Forrest, ensuring the correct resources are available when needed.  For Maurice, it is the crap-shot of who will or will not show up every other Friday for his show.
Personal impact?  Forrest – learning.  Learning about his staff and watching them grow.  A way of being active professionally.  Maurice – better speaker, presenter and trainer. He has learned to be a better person. He is better at his job.  It has been his professional development and his “advanced degree.”
What do you wish you knew when you started?  Maurice wished he knew that it was going to last this long. He wish he had lighter equipment (snowball mic), for when he takes the show on the road. Podcasts generally don’t last 8 years.
In conclusion, act locally, share globally.
Is it better to be structured or extemporaneous?  It depends on your temperament and perhaps where you work.  Consider your desired outcome.
Are either posting text transcripts or doing something for people who have hearing disabilities? Forrest has the ability to do it.  Maurice doesn’t have the capability.  Maurice notes that it would take time and time he doesn’t have.

The Show taped on March 4th 2016.  Paul Signorelli, @paulsignorelli Andrea Snyder @alsnyder02 and Maurice Coleman @baldgeekinmd  (if I let you out lmk in comments)

We used the article Learn Today; Be Prepared Tomorrow by Maria Ho from the February 2016 issue if ATD magazine to spark a discussion on what tools we use to help learners learn and how to model good behavior.

Download the podcast here.   Listen here.  

 

On the call were Maurice Coleman , Paul Signorelli, Courtney Young,Jill Hurst-Wahl and  mystery guest 5 from the Buffalo, NY area. The topic was the Padagogy Wheel.  What is the Padagogy Wheel?  According Allan Carrington:

The Padagogy Wheel was born out of a desire to help teachers at the coalface of teaching. I wanted a model that could be applied to everything from curriculum planning, development, writing learning objectives and designing student centered activities. Then quickly help teachers access relevant educational technology e.g. individual iPad apps or sequences of apps, to enhance those activities. Finally to help teachers use that technology to redefine activities to include tasks previously inconceivable. I believe this will increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and empower a student towards transforming into an excellent graduate.

We also talked about using student use in the classroom.

You can listen to the recording here.

Resources:

8465930151_61af93058f_m_dMaurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Kate Kosturski, Angela Paterek, and Andrea Snyder talked about the just released NMC Horizon report, BYO devices, adaptive learning, augmented and virtual reality, makerspaces (since we have always been makerspaces),  and how to tell and sell our library stories to others. You can listen to the show here.

 

Pastel Bunny MarshmallowsMaurice Coleman and Jill Hurst-Wahl discussed ALA accreditation, the idea of whether there should be library trainer certification, and likely a few other random topics (like snow). You can listen to the show here.

As promised, are here is a link to the 2015 ALA Standards for the Accreditation of of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. Information on the entire accreditation process can be found in the Accreditation Process, Policies and Procedures (AP3), fourth edition.

A question for the T is for Training audience is…if someone created a certification for library trainers, so that you knew that the library training had learned “X”, what would “X” be?  Feel free to leave comments on this post OR write a blog post in your blog about this topic (and then tell us where that post resides).

 

 

 

Stairs in the ALAMW16 Exhibit HallKate Kosturski and Paul Signorelli called into the show from the ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston (MA) and tried to surprise Maurice Coleman, our show host.  The three discussed:

All about relationships and monetary return on relationship building face to face and online. Also makerspacing.

You can listen to the show here.

Learn, Adapt, Scan, PointMaurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, and  Jill Hurst-Wahl talked about the article “Lifelong Learning In Companies Of The 21st century.” In the article, Juan Carlos Sánchez noted nine (9) tendencies that we should take into consideration in regards to lifelong learning and especially continuous training.

We deviated into talking about library marketing and building the demand for library services.  For example, can we be “the place” for life-long learning?  We also talked about training room design.

This was the last show for 2015, due to the December holidays.  Our next show will be January 8.  If you are going to ALA Midwinter, consider calling in!

The show title for today is based on a conversation in chat during the show, when Paul mentioned a book and then got kicked out of Talkshoe by the software!  Paul always has a relevant book to mention!!! The other title we considered for the show is “We don’t want you to be left out!”, which reflects our desire around continuous learning.

The show can be heard here.

Paradox Bay, Lake Placid//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsOf course, Maurice did do a short recording of announcements and shout outs to our sponsors. Curious? You can listen to it here.

I came across this article in a Psychology Today blog post about the big elephant in the learning room, learning styles.

What are Learning Styles and Should Educators Use Them?  

Very interesting take including a great article reference to the Learning and Skills Research Centre (Great Britain) (LSRC) which produced a paper that indexes over 70 something different theories on how people gather, synthesize and process information.

Read and say what you think in the comments.

No by snigl3t on Flickr via CC Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

No by snigl3t on Flickr

Or You can get pearls at the 5 and dime.  Download the show HERE.

We started with a talk about creativity in the classroom for teachers and learners inspired by this article “Creative Teacher’ Is Not an Oxymoron,” (found by our Associate Producer and Very Usual Suspect Paul S. )  

The panel as I can remember:  Maurice Coleman, your host, (@baldgeekinmd) Paul Signorelli (@paulsignorelli)  Jules Shore (@7shores) and Andrea Snyder (@alsnyder02)

Then we talked tools to encourage that creativity and the creation of the T is for Training book club. Books to inspire you and make you better at doing your bliss.

Contact us at tisfortrainingshow at gmail.com  or on twitter @tisfortraining