From my family to yours, have the happiest of holidays and a safe and prosperous new year.
Change is never easy. No matter how much you love or embrace change, it takes a physical and emotional toll. With all the change going on in libraries, it’s important that leadership not only realizes this but also finds ways to help staff cope. In some cases there is grieving that needs to happen. In other cases it’s a matter of finding ways to reduce stress. In all cases communication is paramount both in what the changes are and why the changes are necessary.
Tuesday I’m presenting a webinar to the Tampa Bay Library Consortium on innovating during a time of changes within libraries. In preparation for the workshop I created some images represnting changes and hope for libraries. Feel free to use these for personal or institutional purposes. Just right-click on the image and select copy image or save image. You can also create your own at obamicon.me.
One of the things I’ve most enjoyed over the past few years is visiting other libraries and working with their trainers and staff. Beginning July 1st I’ll do this full time as Lori Reed Learning Solutions.
My passion has always been to help others grow. Now I’m ready to take this to the next level and work with libraries and other organizations to maximize their investment in staff development.
Lori Reed Learning Solutions will provide the following services:
While I am available to travel to deliver face-to-face training and keynote speeches, my primary focus will be delivering high quality live, online learning experiences. As a certified Synchronous Learning Expert, I’ve been trained in the art of online facilitation and course design by the masters in live online training at InSync Training.
Please contact me at email@example.com for a free consultation on how I can help your organization maximize your investment in learning and training. Be sure to check out and follow my Facebook page for additional updates!
I’d also like to thank the following people who have both inspired me and help me get started: Andrew Sanderbeck, People Connect Institute; Dick Handshaw, Handshaw, Inc.; John LeMasney, LeMasney Designs; Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc.; Paul Signorelli, Paul Signorelli & Associates; Polly Farrington, P A Farrington Associates.
June 12-16 I’ll be in Springfield, Illinois at ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover). I’m looking forward to meeting this fabulous group. I’ll be giving three presentations:
I love this statement that ends the abstract of the ILEAD U grant:
ILEAD U does not take a “sink or swim” approach to continuing education; rather, it is learning by immersion — buoyed by instructors, by mentors and by the participating librarians who work collaboratively to match the assessed needs of their users with the appropriate technology tools.
This is a great approach to adult education!
June 17 I’ll be at NEFLIN‘s annual technology conference presenting Google: 50 Things in 50 Minutes as well as hosting a table talk about what libraries can do after they’ve done a 23 things program. I’m looking forward to meeting library staff from my hometown of St. Augustine, Florida and the surrounding area.
To my friends in Illinois and Northeast Florida, see you in a few weeks!
As Paul Signorelli wrote a few weeks ago, “It’s a book!” After two years of research, interviews, and writing, Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers is available.
Paul and I worked with an amazing group of contributors who volunteered countless hours letting us interview them about best (and worst) practices in leadership in training.
An excerpt of the book is in the May/June 2011 issue of American Libraries.
A few weeks ago the Adventures in Library Instruction Podcast team, Jason, Anna, and Rachel, discussed the book and how it applies to academic librarians on episode 26 of . It was fascinating to listen to their take on it and especially to hear the “aha” moments they had on the show. Jason was also one of the people interviewed for the book.
Paul and I will be signing copies at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on Friday evening at the exhibits opening in the ALA Editions booth. We’ll also be at the Learning Round Table Training Showcase on Sunday from 1:30-3:30 where you will have a chance to win a copy of the book in the raffle along with other fabulous prizes. The Training Showcase is something you don’t want to miss if you are involved in any type of library training.
If you are at ALA please stop by and say hi!
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