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.
T is for Training began with brief overviews of the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) and ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conferences, then moved onto the impact of Google Glasses, including its impact on libraries and trainers. we also talked extensively about privacy, the idea of possible privacy islands, and macro vs. micro infringements on privacy. We wrapped up with a short conversation on handling questions that require sensitivity, ethics and compassion.
- Five Reasons #GoogleGlass is a Success, http://davidkelly.me/2015/01/five-reasons-googleglass-success/
- Please reform accreditation, http://blogs.ischool.utexas.edu/infomatters/2015/02/03/please-reform-accreditation/
- Digitization 101 blog posts on #ALISE2015, http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/search?q=%23alise2015
- Building Creative Bridges blog posts on #alamw15, https://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/tag/alamw15/
On Sunday, Feb. 1, Paul Signorelli, Jules Shore and Kate Kosturski hosted a Google Hangout Air to connect with colleagues, who were unable to attend ALA Midwinter in Chicago (#alaleftbehind). Maurice Coleman and Jill Hurst-Wahl were able to join in the conversation, and others were able to listen in. One of the lessons we all learned was about the technical aspects of doing this!
Andrea Snyder (@alsnyder02) Paul Signorelli (@paulsignorelli) and Maurce Coleman (@baldgeekinmd) participated in this week’s T is for Training. Collaborative Learning Spaces were the focus of the show, including conferences, informal learning places, and non traditional classrooms. You can listen to the show here.
The first T is for Training of 2015 (recording) and the participants were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorell, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Steve Thomas. The conversation began with discussing:
Boss, Jeff. “How Smart Learners Stay Smart: 16 Ways to Stay on the Cutting Edge.” Forbes. Nov. 16, 2014.
And continued with discussing the need for professional development and for people to take charge of their professional development activities. We also discussed the happenings at Harford County Public Library.
- Harford County Public Library 2014 Annual Report
- New York State Public Librarian Certification
- Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
- HCPL Headlines & Happenings (winter 2014-15)
This T is for Training can be listened to here.