Happy Hour

In New Zealand, professional development training opportunities suitable for library staff at all levels are few and far between. There are annual sector conferences, weekend schools and the occasional one-off workshop. All are face-to-face.

Online training is available through ALA webinars and the like, but they generally don’t require much more than you listening to someone share their experiences and knowledge.

What if you want more than that? What if you want to learn something and apply what you’ve learnt to your job? Or what if you want to check with someone to see if you’re on the right track, as you’re learning?

Traditionally if you want to apply what you’ve learned and receive feedback, you have to undertake formal learning – perhaps a paper that lasts a trimester and requires study, research, assignments and deadlines! Formal learning tends to be academic in nature and often lacks immediate practical application.

The courses I’ve developed:

  • Are online, self-paced and always available.
  • Are open to anyone, anywhere.
  • Emphasise the practical (not academic) nature of the profession.
  • Contain activities based on a one-page blueprint that enables you to apply your learning to your job.
  • Encourage you to contact the course facilitator to clarify information, address issues with the course, or to get feedback on work in progress. It doesn’t have to be a crisis 🙂

Very soon you’ll be able to celebrate happy hour at work and at the pub.


  1. Sally says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Beth 🙂

  2. Beth Tavui says:

    Marvellous! Sounds like a superb idea. Very inspiring. I would definitely take part in courses like that. Being able to keep adding to your knowledge and skills without a huge time or financial commitment would appeal to many. It sure does to me.

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