Library Trainer is Moving to

For the past two years I’ve been blogging at The name fit when I started the site. It’s catchy, short, easy to remember, but in the back of my mind I’ve always been aware that I do a lot more than “just training.”

Over the past year I’ve transitioned from thinking and working about “training” to focusing more on the end result–performance and answering the question of how do we improve the services and the quality of service we provide to our customers. Sometimes training is the answer but more often it’s not. Training is only a small part of a solution in performance consulting.

I’ve also recently become the managing editor of ALA Learning, the official blog of the Learning Round Table of the American Library Association. When Peter Bromberg first asked me to take over the helm, I wondered how I would keep up with contributing to two training blogs. But I’ve found that being a part of a group blog, especially this group, is very rewarding. Seriously how can one go wrong when working with this crew? The quality and depth of content is far more than any one person could provide without making it a full time job.

So with ALA Learning under way and with performance consulting in mind, I’ve decided to take a leap of faith and move my content to where I will continue to write about topics relevant to libraries about training but with a much broader focus. I’m also planning to write more about a topic very close to my heart–work/life balance and the trials and tribulations of being a working mom with a successful career. Don’t worry, I’m not about to become a mommy blogger! No tales of dirty diapers or moonsand to give you nightmares. I’m planning to focus more on the answer to the question that I get asked more than any other–how do you do it all?

There is a rumor that you can’t have it all. I disagree! You can have it all but you have to be very focused on what is you want and why. You also have to accept the fact that sometimes you can’t have it all at once. Life really is a marathon and not a sprint. I remind myself of that every day.

I hope you will follow me over to This is a great week for the transition since it is also Round 4 of the Library Day in the Life project created by Bobbi Newman. Therefore I take back the promise of no moonsand stories. You might see a few of those this week. 🙂

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ALA Saturday Session: Creating a Culture of Learning

Saturday I gave one of my favorite presentations ever. Previously I’ve given this presentation as a webinar for WebJunction. The session covers the differences between training and learning, why learning is important, and ways you can become a learning organization. My co-presenter was Pat Carterette from the State Library of Georgia. There were some great questions that came out of this session and I’ll be discussing them in posts on this site in the coming weeks.

Do you have ideas about creating a culture of learning? Post them here in the comments.

ALA Preconference Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering & Surviving Presentations

On Friday we had a fabulous audience for the CLENE Round Table‘s preconference session Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering & Surviving Presentations. Presenting with me was Paul Signorelli who I have had the privilege of working with on many projects including a book on leadership in libraries for trainers that should be out just in time for next year’s ALA conference.

The slides from the session are below.

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Upcoming Presentations in Chicago

I’m spending the weekend preparing for ALA next week. Here are the sessions I am presenting:

Friday, July 10, 2009 8:30am-12pm
Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering, and Surviving Presentations Sold Out
McCormick Place West W-476

Saturday, July 11, 2009
Cultivating a Culture of Learning
Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf. Ctr. 10 a/b

Sunday, July 12, 2009
CLENERT Training Showcase
McCormick Place South S106

If you are at ALA please stop by and say hello. See you in Chicago!

Watch out ALA, here I come…

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, I was ready to boycott ALA. Shortly after writing that post, I received a phone call from Pete Bromberg who encouraged me to be part of the change that needs to happen within ALA. I received the same encouragement from many other people…too many to name, but you know who you are.

And now it is with pleasure that I announce that I have been elected to serve on the board of the CLENE (Continuing Library Education Network Exchange) Round Table of ALA.

Thank you CLENE members for electing me to represent you on the Board. I am excited about the opportunity especially having just completed a PR and Marketing Campaign proposal for CLENE. During the next year I am hoping to widely publicize not only CLENE but the benefits and value of continuing education and lifelong learning. It’s my hope that we can increase the status of our profession so that we are seen as leaders and key decision makers within libraries and to ensure that learning continues to be valued.