The Library As A Classroom For Library Staff

The Library As A Classroom For Library Staff A new kind of learning environment.   Tl;dr: Using the Creative Classrooms Research model to create professional development opportunities for part-time, frontline library staff with extremely limited time available for upskilling. Introduction Recently I have presented at two virtual events – Library 2.016 and LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive). I spoke…

10 Reasons Why Library Intelligence Has Never Looked So Good

Back in 2011 I travelled up and down the country running project management workshops for library staff. In 2012 I did it all again, this time sharing my knowledge of ereaders and ebooks. During this time I received many emails from library staff desperate to learn but unable to attend because they couldn’t afford the time…

Tackling Digital Literacy Head On

Digital literacy is a slippery concept. Mostly I think we subconsciously know what it means but when we try to explain it it sounds kinda big and scary and hard. We know digital literacy is being able to thrive in today’s technology rich, complex and constantly changing world. But what does that mean exactly? Where…

Built With You In Mind

I’m sure all of us at one time or another,  have undertaken a course whether it has been online or face-to-face where we have been overwhelmed by the amount of content presented to us. There has been so much to read, sift through and digest within the course timeframe that it’s a relief when the course is…

There Is Freedom Within

One of the biggest hassles of online learning is technology. Perhaps the video freezes every 3 seconds or content refuses to load because your browser is out of date, or perhaps you need to download a piece of software and you don’t have administration rights. Ugh! Why should it be so difficult? Is any of this functionality…

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…

An Exciting Opportunity!

Ten months ago, I pitched an idea to develop a series of self-paced online courses for New Zealand library staff. The idea was based on the results of the 2012 LIANZA Career Survey that indicated: There were not enough continuing education opportunities available. There was a strong preference (64.02%) for continuing professional development to be undertaken during work time rather than…

MOOC-ing About

By Morag Gray, presented at LIANZA Otago-Southland Weekend School, 15-17 November 2013. Professional Development While there are many opportunities for professional development provided by LIANZA, Invercargill (where I live) and Southland District (where I work) are a long way from anywhere much.  The closest courses offered are usually in Dunedin, which is a 2 and…

Heroes Mingle achieves the impossible

In librarianship, professional learning used to be dominated by national or regional conferences where only those of a certain tier in the librarianship hierarchy would be privileged enough to attend. And whatever happened at conference stayed at conference. As a result the hundreds of librarians left behind, were left behind. That world still exists but…

Join us

On Saturday 19 October at 7pm NZT, we’re taking Heroes Mingle to the world – Heroes Mingle goes global! Megan and I will be the only NZ librarians presenting at Library 2.0: the future of libraries in the digital age – our session focuses on our philosophy, the technological tools we’ve used and the lessons we’ve learned by taking control of…

Library Staff Professional Development Needs A Makeover #nicat13

Yesterday I presented at the 2013 North Island Children’s and Teens’ Librarians’ Conference: Manaakitanga: Empowering Our Youth in Rotorua, New Zealand, 1-2 August 2013. You can read my presentation below or download it. Summary This presentation explores the role of Twitter as a professional development tool in overcoming the challenges presented by the traditional model of library staff professional…

At Tweet Level: How To Instantly Engage Your Market

“It’s a real-time world now, and if you’re not engaged, then  you’re on your way to marketplace irrelevance.” Real-Time Marketing & PR. The above quote may sound a bit extreme, especially for libraries, but being first in the conversation (offline or online) is very important. Witness this article about librarians being silenced at the CLA…