Master Trainer Prequel

The master trainer program in North Carolina is about ten years old and aims to train librarians to become trainers of their coworkers and public. The project is federally funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Statewide Leadership Grant, administered by the State Library of North Carolina. You can read more on the Master Trainer Web site.

I was in the last master trainer class in 2006. I completed the first week of training and then shortly afterwards was placed on bedrest for the duration of my pregnancy. Since I missed the second phase of the training, I was unable to complete the program. Why did I chose to apply and go through the entire program again? I think it says a lot about the program and how the reputation the program has in North Carolina. In addition to wanting a sense of completion I look forward to the network of other trainers that graduates of the program become a part of.

This year’s class has added asynchronous learning through a blog, blog comments, and Internet videos. Prior to meeting face-to-face this week we’ve learned about how adults learn, building a healthy workshop climate, and designing effective visual aids. Looking forward to an energizing week!

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.

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