My Vision for the Future of Training/Learning in Libraries

Over the past two years Web 2.0 has opened up a whole new level of communication for us as a profession. I remember when I began working in libraries nine years ago I felt very isolated as a trainer. I remember asking, “Where are all the handouts?” At the time each person in our system was doing his or her own thing and a few people shared materials. Eventually we established a system for sharing handouts for computer classes for all of our locations.

Every time I begin to work on materials for a new class I wonder, how many other librarians have already created a handout for this class? How much time do we spend recreating the same materials? Imagine what we could accomplish if libraries across the country, world even, collaborated and shared training materials. And now that so many of us are developing online learning materials how great would it be if we shared those as well and pooled our resources as facilitators/producers for synchronous learning.

OK I will admit there is some training that is unique to a system, but how customized does a Word handout have to be? I had a conversation with a colleague today who is rushing to put together Outlook training materials. I happen to have some and gladly sent them her way. Two other colleagues are also sending her their training materials. So we have four librarians/trainers in four different parts of the country sharing materials.

I feel lucky to work in a time when technology has made it so easy to connect with other people who have the same job as me in other parts of the world. I have a core group of four librarians/trainers who I talk to on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. We brainstorm, share our successes, share our challenges, seek advice. It’s really been great to get to know Sarah, Stephanie, Marianne, and Maurice.

And now I’d like to cast the net a bit wider. I’ve created a Google Group called Library Learning that is open for anyone to join who wants to participate in these kinds of discussions and sharing. I hope you will come join us so we can take learning to a new level!

“When librarians work together, our superpowers increase exponentially!”

Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Library from West Des Moines Public Library

shared via LSLC Training Blog

p.s. If anyone has training materials for MUNIS please contact me! 🙂

p.p.s. Be sure to also check out the Library Instruction Wiki another great idea for sharing resources.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Congratulations on your initial success in attracting nearly twenty trainers to that new Google Group within its first few days of existance, and thanks for the mentions of other blogs in this particular postings. There really is a fine community of trainer-teacher-learners developing out there, and efforts like yours help speed things along.

  2. THANKS for the great Outlook resources, what a help. Very excited to see where the Google Group will go and how it will grow. I’m glad there are innovators like you out there!

  3. This is a great idea! I just joined. I’m a school LMS and read your blog in bloglines. Thanks for starting the group.


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