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How to wash your handsOn the call were Chris DeChristofaro, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. We talked about the topic that is on everyone’s mind – COVID-19 – and focused on the things our libraries need to be thinking about. And in the middle of the episode, Chris learned that his library will be closed tomorrow because of the virus. Yes, this “cow dung” is real!

As we talked, we mentioned these tips (and likely a few more):

  • Wash your hands a lot!
  • Keep equipment and surfaces clean.
  • Understand how to communicate with your staff.  Have good lines of communication (email, robocalls, etc.).
  • Have a “what do we do if” plan for your staff.
  • Provide staff resources (e.g., tech, access, files, etc.), in case staff have to work from home.  Do people need secure access?
  • Monitor your Internet and check that it is handling increased traffic.
  • Consider limiting tech access, if you need to accommodate more people.
  • Try to understand the impact of businesses and schools closing on your services and usage.
  • Have access to verifiable information and share that information with others.
  • Create COVID-19 resources for your community on the library web site.

These are serious times. Please be safe and join us in two weeks (March 26) for our next episode.

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NODTonight was a continuation of episode 260. We used written comments from Diane Huckabay, which she submitted for that episode, to fuel the conversation. From her email, we picked up on diversity, security, privacy, and ignorance. On the call were Chris DeChristofaro, Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.   You can listen to the episode on TalkShoe and through your favorite podcast service.

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Wow! What a lively show! On the callwere Chris DeCristofaro, Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Andrea Snyder, and Paul Signorelli.  Today’s topic was how do we do micro-training for staff around topics that we might take for granted or that are new for them?  Topics mentioned included:

  • 2020 Census
  • Pronouns
  • Gender identify
  • Gender expression

Types of training mentioned were:

  • Email blasts
  • Dedicate internal website page
  • Webinar sessions (live and recorded)
  • In-person sessions
  • Ad hoc training
  • Cooperative training between libraries and systems
  • One-on-one informal training
  • Rely champions who can lead by example

Yes, we mentioned the need – in specific circumstances – to ensure that the public library director and board of trustees are on-board.

Resources:

  • TRANS 101: Gender Diversity and Transgender Inclusivity in Libraries, Kalani Adolpho (handout)
  • (en)gender
  • Definition: They (Merriam-Webster)

 

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TrainOn the call were Chris DeChristofaro, Kate Kosturski, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman.  Chris is part of the Library Pros, who do a library/education podcast. {BTW the Library Pros recently interviewed Maurice on their podcast.}

We discussed LinkedIn’s Top 11 Challenges For Learning And Development In 2017: The LMS Game Plan To Succeed. The list is (we’ve focused on the ones highlighted):

  1. Having A Limited Budget
  2. Getting Employees To Make Time For Learning And Development
  3. Having A Small Learning And Development Team
  4. Demonstrating ROI
  5. Aligning To The Company’s Overall Strategy
  6. Building Employee Awareness Of Learning And Development Programs
  7. Getting Executive Buy-In
  8. Engaging Employees During Learning And Development Programs
  9. Lacking Data And Insights To Understand Which Solutions Are Effective
  10. Having Old Or Outdated Content
  11. Having Learning And Development Decentralized Within the Company

You can listen to the show here.  Our last two episode for 2017 will record on December 8 (hosted by Kate) and December 22, both at 2 p.m. ET.  Our first episode in 2018 will be on January 5 and then we’ll be recording (generally) every two weeks throughout the year.

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