Learning Round Table Programs, Events, Battledecks at ALA Annual

The Learning Round Table has something for everyone at the ALA Annual Conference this year. The following is a list of programs, meetings, and events.

Also note the icons next to each event. These icons have links that will download the program as an appointment to your calendar. If the icon does not work, try right clicking and saving the .ics file before opening it. We also have a flyer that you can print and bring with you (click the image below to download).

Friday, June 25

Beyond Face to Face: New Methods for Staff Training
8:30am-12pm
Renaissance Hotel Congressional Hall C

Limited time and busted budgets make it increasingly difficult for library staff to leave their buildings to attend training events. Maverick library trainer Jay Turner along with T is for Training host Maurice Coleman and instructional designer Mary Beth Faccioli will demonstrate how to engage learners with effective and innovative uses of e-learning. Walk away from this pre-conference knowing how to: Identify free and cost-effective resources for presenting e-learning; Apply best practices in instructional design to e-learning; Recognize technical constraints in publishing e-content. Tickets Onsite: $150. Event Code: LEA1.

Saturday, June 26

Open Board Meeting I
8am-12pm
WCC-159 A/B

Our Board meetings are open to anyone interested in the activities, mission and work of the Learning Round Table. We discuss both old and new business, review goals, strategize and plan for the future, plot out committee work and have fun, too. Join us for all or part of our two meetings. We’d love to meet you!

Building with Competencies
1:30-3:30pm
Grand Hyatt Constitution A

Once you’ve determined the competencies needed by your staff, what next? Competencies are building blocks—there are a variety of constructions to be built with them for guiding staff training, recruitment, and other personnel strategies. Join us as we explore strategies and case studies of competency based staff development efforts. Presented by Betha Gutsche and Sandra Smith.

Sunday, June 27

Library Trainers as Leaders
10:30 am-12pm
WCC-201

Library staff development programs are in a state of flux. It is no longer enough for administrators to tell staff what training to offer. Workplace learning and performance professionals need to be part of the strategic planning of the organization. This interactive session will include audience participation and sharing of best practices as to how library trainers can step up their leadership skills and get a place at the library strategic planning table. Facilitated by Paul Signorelli with panelists Maurice Coleman, Sandra Smith and Louise Whitaker.

Training Showcase: Best Practices in Training, Staff Development & Library Continuing Education
1:30-3:30pm
WCC-Ballroom

The training showcase is a poster session type of program celebrating innovative continuing education, staff development, and training initiatives in all types of libraries and library organizations. Participants present best practices from their organization or institution.

Membership Pavilion Learning Round Table Lightning Talk
3:30-3:45pm
Exhibit Hall

Monday, June 28

Open Board Meeting II
10:30 am-12pm
WCC-156

Our Board meetings are open to anyone interested in the activities, mission and work of the Learning Round Table. We discuss both old and new business, review goals, strategize and plan for the future, plot out committee work and have fun, too. Join us for all or part of our two meetings. We’d love to meet you!

Staff Development Discussion
1:30-3:30pm
WCC-143A

This discussion is a great energizer for those new to staff development as well as for those who’ve been doing it for years. Come early and stay for the raffle at the end of the program.

Battledecks: The ALA Rumble Royale
5:30-7pm
WCC-103A

Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for public speakers as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage. This competition, often referred to as “PowerPoint Karaoke,” will see our brave and willing participants compete for the glory of being crowned ALA’s reigning Battledecks champion. The participants will face judgment from a panel of four judges, with the winner to be determined based on a variety of criteria and general overall awesomeness. Hilarity, along with some learning, is guaranteed for all!

Defenders of a title:
Michael Porter(Battledecks champion from Internet Librarian 2009)
Andromeda Yelton (Battledecks co-champion from ALA MW 2010)
JP Procaro (Battledecks Champ from Pres4Lib)
Bobbi Newman (Battledecks co-champion from ALA MW 2010)

Contenders for the title:
Jason Griffey
Buffy Hamilton
Lisa Carlucci Thomas
John Chrastka
George Needham

Judges:
Peter Bromberg
Julie Strange
Maurice Coleman
David Lee King
Jenny Levine

Emcee: Janie Hermann
Timekeeper/Vanna White: Patrick Sweeney
Slidemakers: Alice Yucht, Patrick Sweeney, Janie Hermann, Jaime Corris Hammond, Andy Woodworth and anyone else who volunteers.

Event and Prizes sponsored by American Libraries and The Learning Round Table.

Twitter’s Place in Learning

Imagine you’re teaching a class or presenting at a conference and you hear the click clack, click clack of someone texting away on her cell phone?

What’s your initial assumption?

Is she chatting with a friend about the latest Twilight movie (which by the way is scheduled to release November 20th)?

Or could it be that she is so engaged with your presentation that she is sharing the content with hundreds of followers and millions of users of the micro-blogging tool Twitter?

The March issue  of T+D, ASTD’s monthly magazine, has an article titled Twitter as a Learning Tool. Really.

The article shows that corporate America is catching on to what libraries have known for years…informal learning counts and learning communities exist–whether you want them to or not.

Among conferences Twitter is often seen as the “back channel” where you can find out which presentations are good, which presentations are not so good, and where the free food is! Key themes and concepts are also shared for the benefit of those followers not attending the conference or for those not attending the same session.

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nico_macdonald/2604409630/

As a kinesthetic learner–my hands have to constantly be moving–Twitter has been a great way for me to reinforce what I am learning and share with colleagues across the world.

However this can be an area where worlds collide–Learning 1.0 versus Learning 2.0 or Facilitator 1.0 versus Facilitator 2.0. Not all presenters are familiar with Twitter or comfortable with the concept. There’s even discussion in academia about whether tweeting content from a class is a copyright violation. <Pause> <Sigh>

Michael Stephens is using Twitter effectively and innovatively to communicate with his LIS students, but more importantly his students are communicating with each other. Check out one of his class’s tweets here.

So I challenge all the trainers and facilitators out there, even if you never become a Twitter user, at least be familiar with the concept and recognize the value it brings to your audience and learners.

Some tips if you are facilitating while twittering is going on:

  • Embrace the technology. Don’t ban it. My personal pet peeve is attending training where laptops and cell phones are banned. Sorry but I feel naked without a keyboard and I’m not even a digital native. If you want to instantly alienate digital natives, force them to sit still and ban texting.
  • If you truly want to embrace the technology follow David Lee King’s example and connect with your audience during the presentation. Not only does David monitor Twitter during his own presentations but he answers questions that come in through Twitter as well. Twitter is a great way to get instant feedback during a presentation.
  • Give up control. Realize that we are all adults and we are training adults. Yes there may be some texting discussing whether Rob Pattison’s hair will grow out in time for the shooting of New Moon but we need to put more responsibility on our learners. It is not our responsibility to police the use of cell phones and laptops during a presentation.

Want more tips? Read this great article on Pistachio Consulting with more tips for presenters.

While you’re at it be sure to read Peter Bromberg’s tips of what not to do if you are twittering during a conference.

Don’t get Twitter? You’re not alone! It took me at least a month to catch on. To learn more watch this video by Common Craft, Twitter in Plain English.

If you decide to give Twitter a try, make sure you say hello. I love connecting with readers and many of my closest colleagues in the library world are people I’ve met through sites like Twitter.

The Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Library

If you haven’t had a chance to see it, well you just have to see it. Be prepared to LOL, spit diet coke or your beverage of choice at the screen, and maybe even pee in your pants. 🙂

Michael Porter and David Lee King with the Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Library. Good luck getting the song out of your head afterwards!