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Continuing Education Resolutions for 2015!

I spend a lot of my professional life touting the benefits of our library system’s free databases to our patrons and the public in general, and while I do actually use many of them myself while manning the reference desk, I have never actually enrolled in an online course through the continuing education databases that […]

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E-Learning & Soft Skills

Are there some things that an online course can’t teach? A lot of the talk around services like GLEAN and Lynda.com focuses on ‘Hard Skills’, which is to say, skills that are easily defined and measurable such as the ability to create a spreadsheet in excel or a webpage in HTML. For me there’s really […]

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Warm Thoughts from HICE

So, I just attended and presented at the Hawaii International Conference On Education (HICE) last week. “What??” you say.  “It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit in west Georgia last week and you were on the beach in Honolulu??” I’m sure that places me very near the bottom of your friend list. However, it was not all […]

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Shaking the Magic 8 Ball – technology trends 2015

My original idea for was to do a little crystal ball gazing, but looking at projected trends for next year, the landscape seems to be more a progression of existing technology rather than new technology.  So maybe it is more akin to shaking the Magic 8 Ball – will it work? How well? How can […]

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Reader’s Advisory in a Pinch

“I’m looking for a good book. Can you find me something…NOW?!” More and more often we frontline librarians are dealing with patrons who want whatever it is they are looking for “right now.” Reference interview? Only if you can do it in 1.5 seconds. In this age of immediate accessibility to information it helps to have tools […]

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Why You Need to Attend a Virtual Conference

Would you like to attend a virtual conference but are afraid that you would miss the camaraderie of a face-to-face (F2F) conference? Are you secretly curious about virtual conferences but feel like they just don’t count because they are…well, virtual? Does the thought of attending a virtual conference make you cringe? Whether you are curious […]

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Getting the Best Out of Your Staff Training Events

Too often, libraries don’t have time to come together for group training. In an age when both schedules and budgets are tight, getting everyone together for staff development can be tough. But squeezing out that time can be important. Face-to-face group training can be a positive experience that increases the staff’s skills while fostering a […]

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The gift of reflection and the opportunity of failure

Reflection is such a common concept in management and leadership, yet one that few of us practice regularly. Celebrate the successes! Celebrate the wins! Success builds success! We hear those all of the time.  But how to find time for it and actually do it? Is it really that important?  (and what about the not-successes, […]

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Let’s Do This, 2015!

Are you a planner? I am, and every December I go back through my calendar* and goals and to-do lists and decide: was this a good year? Did I do everything I wanted to do? And, if not… why? That last question is always a tough one to answer, because almost always, there’s only one […]

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff…Sort of

As professionals in the field of Librarianship we all know that the past few years have been more challenging for most of us than any other time in recent history. We are constantly asked to do more with less in an effort to prove our existence is relevant, important and dare we say, necessary.  We […]

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