I’m Joining the Team at NoveList

If you’ve been following my blog you might have noticed subtle changes to the site over the past few weeks. The logo for Lori Reed Learning Solutions has been replaced with a different header. Posts have become a bit more personal in nature. When I transitioned to full-time consulting last summer, I anticipated remaining self-employed for life (or at least a few years). I enjoyed working with a variety of libraries and library cooperatives. I loved teaching classes and receiving feedback from participants about how much they learned. I also enjoyed being home with my kids after school and having more flexibility with my schedule. So it’s bittersweet to announce that I taught my final workshop as an independent consultant today for LibraryLinkNJ.

Next week I begin a new position at NoveList® as the Customer Relationship Coordinator. The opportunity to work with the fabulous team there was too good to pass up and I’m looking forward to working with many different libraries in this capacity. As happy as I was to begin consulting full-time, I’m even more excited about working with the talented, creative group at NoveList®.

If you have a training need, please contact me and I will be happy to connect you with another consultant who is a good match for your needs. I am available for a limited amount of speaking engagements and look forward to presenting a full day preconference on training skills for non-trainers in May at the Maryland Library Association Conference and a keynote about coping with change as well as a breakout session about working with multiple generations in October at the UW-Madison SLIS-Continuing Education Service Conference for Circulation Managers and Staff.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the following people who were instrumental in my success as a consultant by serving as mentors, advisers, and trusted colleagues: Pat Wagner, Paul Signorelli, Nicole Engard, Andrew Sanderbeck, Polly-Alida Farrington, Chad Mairn, Dick Handshaw, and Guy Wallace.

Thank you also to everyone else who has followed me online through Twitter and Facebook and offered support and encouragement this past year.

So what happens to my blog? This site has transitioned since 2005 from one of the original 23 Things participant blogs, to Library Trainer, to my own domain name. Writing is a great way for me to reflect and share things I’ve learned. I searched for the right name for months and finally out of frustration made a joke on Facebook that I should just call this “A Work in Progress.” Ironically since my passions are personal and professional development, the name stuck. I plan to write about a variety of topics that relate to libraries as well as other organizations but mostly information that is relevant to you on a personal level. I envision this site as becoming the Oprah of library blogs. 🙂 Much of what I share will be practical advice or information mixed in with personal stories. Look for upcoming posts about dealing with information overload as well as what it is like to work as a consultant. If there are topics you are interested in, please contact me. I look forward to sharing this new journey with you.

Feel free to also connect with me on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lorireed

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lorireed

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/loribreed

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russandlori


Announcing…Lori Reed Learning Solutions

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:

  • Consulting
  • Creating Online Learning Communities
  • Custom 23 Things Programs
  • Group Facilitation
  • Keynote Speeches
  • Staff Development Days
  • Strategic Planning for Training
  • Training Design & Delivery
  • Webinars





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 lori@lorireed.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.

Upcoming Presentations – ILEADU and NEFLIN

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:

  • Live and Online! Webinars as a Solution for Interactive Online Learning
  • 21st Century Learners, 21st Century Learning
  • TechSoup for Libraries

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.

Participants at ILEADU

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!

Workplace Learning & Leadership News

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.

My son says learning is the key to happiness!

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!

Saying Goodbye to Pat

You’ll see that the ALA Learning site has turned purple in memory of Pat Carterette, the Learning Round Table’s Past President, who passed away this morning.

From Pat’s husband:

Pat passed away this morning at 11:15 am. She was peaceful and fully ready at the end. She has asked that there be no memorial service or flowers. Those who would like to memorialize her could make a donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. (And thank you to those who have already contributed!). Thank you to everyone for your love and support. You added immeasurably to Pat’s life in her last days.

You can connect with Pat’s family on Facebook:


I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Pat as a result of our work together for the Learning Round Table. It goes without saying that Pat was an advocate for learning and libraries. Pat and I talked frequently about our jobs, our marriages, and our children. I sometimes referred to Pat as my second mom though she preferred being called my sister. 🙂 Pat had a zest and enthusiasm for life that are hard to put into words. An avid runner and marathoner, Pat was vibrant and full of energy. She loved to talk about her children and how proud she was of them, and she liked to remind me that “this too shall pass” when I complained about my little ones’ teething or poopy diapers.

When I feel overwhelmed with work and life, I think about Pat who taught me, and told me frequently, that you don’t have to do it all at once. A hard lesson to learn, Pat taught me that it’s ok to space out having a family, work, and professional commitments. When I struggled with the idea of running for a Learning Round Table board position, Pat told me, “There’s plenty of time. You don’t have to do it all at once.”

Now looking back, I realize how ironic this is since Pat’s life was cut short. But then when I think about it more, I realize that Pat lived more in her 50-something years than most of us live in one or two lifetimes! I can’t think of anyone who packed more punch into the years she had than Pat. What an amazing woman. What an amazing life. I’m so glad to have had her as a friend and mentor.

Goodbye Pat. Friend. Mentor. Advocate. And loved by all.