We want to note that Heather Plett has written a follow-up to the posts on “holding space”, which is “On holding space when there is an imbalance in power or privilege.”
There was a mention of a podcast interview with Daniel Levitin, https://soundcloud.com/inquiringminds/55-daniel-levitin-the-organized-mind, on how the brain works. Begin at minute 25.
Also we referred to the book The Pursuit of Silence. There is an NPR interview (13 minutes) with its author at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125511963.
We ended the podcast by talking about how we are going to incorporate silence into our days: sitting in the backyard, weeding in the garden, zoning out on the commute home, taking breaks during work.
On the call were Maurice Coleman, Kate Kostuski, Jill Hurst-Wahl and Paul Signorelli. The episode can be heard 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.
The 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!
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. http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/949/
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 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 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX5frlby3mLroZdaOO4CFJVV6P-N6XlM2. Information on the iLEAD Pennsylvania teams is at https://ileadusapennsylvania.wordpress.com/. 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:
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 http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/libs/pltypes.htm.
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.
Libraries 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.
On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. We began with this quote:
One challenge with learning—and where most get stuck—is the emotional challenge that results from being confronted with not knowing. Being wrong is typically more comfortable than uncertainty, which is why we have to learn to let go. In whitewater kayaking that may mean literally dropping into something scary in an entirely new way—and remaining open to that experience. With the proper mindset, curiosity is more powerful and certainly more useful than fear. – From “Winning When It Counts“, Spirituality & Health
- Emotional challenge and learnng
- Learning those auxiliary lessons and not just the topic being taught
- Failure and learning
- Teaching through failure
- And random other topics like the John Green video “Places I’ve Never Been.”
You can listen to the episode here.
Addendum: Andrea found this after we were done recording: A Quick Note On Getting Better At Difficult Things
On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Courtney Young, Laura Botts, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.
Talking about what Courtney Young, current ALA president, has learned from her ALA travels thus far. Then the conversation moved onto interesting library spaces, including libraries that are in shopping malls and libraries that have innovation space.
Courtney was asked about the non-book things that she has seen, as she as traveled:
- Other type of lending programs, e.g., cake pans, art, tools
- Programs on specific skills, e.g., butchering
- Spaces for specific portions of the community, e.g., teens
Maurice mentioned the loaning of American Girl dolls through his library. It was mentioned that you have to consider your community and ensure that the programs (e.g., how to raise roosters) is appropriate.
You can listen to the show here.
- Library Labyrinths Help Students Find Their Way to Calm
- The Harford County Public Library Innovation Lab @ Abingdon Library
- Check These Out at the Library: Blacksmithing, Bowling, Butchering
- Books on Tap (book club)
 As Andrea mentioned, books are a container. Information comes in a variety of containers.