Over the past two years Web 2.0 has opened up a whole new level of communication for us as a profession. I remember when I began working in libraries nine years ago I felt very isolated as a trainer. I remember asking, “Where are all the handouts?” At the time each person in our system was doing his or her own thing and a few people shared materials. Eventually we established a system for sharing handouts for computer classes for all of our locations.
Every time I begin to work on materials for a new class I wonder, how many other librarians have already created a handout for this class? How much time do we spend recreating the same materials? Imagine what we could accomplish if libraries across the country, world even, collaborated and shared training materials. And now that so many of us are developing online learning materials how great would it be if we shared those as well and pooled our resources as facilitators/producers for synchronous learning.
OK I will admit there is some training that is unique to a system, but how customized does a Word handout have to be? I had a conversation with a colleague today who is rushing to put together Outlook training materials. I happen to have some and gladly sent them her way. Two other colleagues are also sending her their training materials. So we have four librarians/trainers in four different parts of the country sharing materials.
I feel lucky to work in a time when technology has made it so easy to connect with other people who have the same job as me in other parts of the world. I have a core group of four librarians/trainers who I talk to on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. We brainstorm, share our successes, share our challenges, seek advice. It’s really been great to get to know Sarah, Stephanie, Marianne, and Maurice.
And now I’d like to cast the net a bit wider. I’ve created a Google Group called Library Learning that is open for anyone to join who wants to participate in these kinds of discussions and sharing. I hope you will come join us so we can take learning to a new level!
“When librarians work together, our superpowers increase exponentially!”
- Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Library from West Des Moines Public Library
shared via LSLC Training Blog
p.s. If anyone has training materials for MUNIS please contact me!
p.p.s. Be sure to also check out the Library Instruction Wiki another great idea for sharing resources.