Tag Archives: learning

Building a Personal Learning Network – 10 resources to add to your professional development toolbox

There is a wealth of resources to learn and grow professionally. In addition to GLEAN’s offerings which Julia summarized so nicely in an earlier post, there are a many resources and opportunities to expand your knowledge. Next month, I’ll focus on tools to organize learning and actually build your personal learning network (PLN). For now, let’s […]

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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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Studio classroom, with work-tables and Z-Racks arranged together.

Build It Cheap

A few summers ago, a professor emeritus came to the Library to ask if we had space for a class he wanted to teach with several other faculty. The class was called “Your Idea, Your Invention,” and his hope was to launch a multidisciplinary core undergraduate class that would teach basic principles of invention (or […]

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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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Introducing Robot Test Kitchen

Robot Test Kitchen started out as a project with ILEAD-USA, an IMLS grant based leadership project developed and run by the Illinois State Library. Jay Turner came to our last ILEAD-USA week and learned about Robot Test Kitchen. He asked us to share it with you. Our team, consisting of five Youth Services librarians from […]

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Three Reasons You Should Be Learning With Lynda

It’s free! (But just for you) As an active member of GLEAN you can request access to Lynda.com, one of the world’s most popular e-learning websites with over 3,000 video courses, and new courses being added every single week. And you know what’s better than having access to thousands of courses? Getting it for free […]

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Top 5 Training Resources for Georgia’s Public Libraries

Greetings, Georgians! I’m Julia Huprich, head of digital services and communications at the Cobb County Public Library System, and today I’ve invaded GLEAN Magazine to share with you some of my favorite training resources for libraries. (I hate to use the word “training” – I think of it more as lifelong learning.) GLEAN. Seriously, this is […]

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A Love/Hate Relationship with Webinars

This is my inaugural post on GLEAN Magazine, and I have to admit something: I hate webinars. And I have tried to like them. I have tried really hard. But I don’t. I am not technophobic. I am not anti-continuing education. I understand that presenters put a lot of time and effort into them, and […]

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