Tag Archives: training

Library-Vendor Partnerships

Librarian-vendor relationships are a crucial part of any library’s operations, but often are seen as annoying or even adversarial. We need our vendors and their products or services and we know that they need us, but sometimes it seems as if our goals don’t align with their business requirements. My experience with vendors has been […]

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Don’t Go It Alone: The Role of Networking in Continuing Education

I am not a natural networker. When people say networking, I get this cold sweat that it means they want me to introduce myself to strangers and force them into small talk so that they can benefit me somewhere down the road. And maybe in some industries that’s how it is, but it has not […]

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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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Get out there: Devices & apps to help keep New Year’s resolutions

 As rumors of the Apple Watch continue to bounce around the internet, it might be time to take a look at existing devices or health and fitness apps that work with your phone —  many of which are free! So on that note, let’s check out some technology and perhaps, keep a New Year’s resolution […]

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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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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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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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