Here’s a question for anyone who’s willing to share their library’s practice for sharing what you learn “on their dime.” How do you bring back to your library, and share with your colleagues, the information you gain at library-supported professional development activities (conferences, workshops, training, etc.)? I’ve read plenty about libraries’ missions and strategic plans, and so on, but I haven’t been able to find many specific descriptions, or examples, of what librarians are doing to share their knowledge learned at professional events.
I’m asking because I realize that library budgets are such that we need to make the most of every learning opportunity we get, and sharing it freely amongst ourselves is one way of doing that. I’m also interested in hearing about new and creative ways of sharing professional development knowledge locally, especially specific examples of new and creative fora others are using to communicate the information. Are you writing “reports home” about your journeys? Giving presentations or training sessions to groups? Doing “journal entries”? Creating YouTube videos or Prezi presentations? Using role-playing to pass on new skills? I’ll give you an example of the kind of thing I’m looking for: after a couple of us here attended one of CLIR’s participatory-design workshops (led by the brilliant Nancy Fried Foster), we led a participatory design workshop here “at home,” involving a number of colleagues in the process from start to finish, thereby
- A. getting student feedback through the workshop, and
- B. demonstrating firsthand to the rest of our colleagues just how a such a thing is done.
I liked doing this because it carried out two missions with a single activity, and I have the feeling that others out in libraryland are involved in more of this “active participation” to achieve an end, while having the means to that end be part of the end itself (am I starting to sound like Professor Irwin Corey here?).
If you have what you think is an effective means of bringing such skills back to your library, I’d love it if you’d share it with me, either in a comment here, or in an email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll summarize them for a future column, and will give attribution or anonymity to the sender—whichever you prefer. Thanks!
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