ALA Learning Round Table Continuing Education Award (Deadline this Thursday)

Are you a learner?

Do you want to attend a training event between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014?

Are you keen on sharing your knowledge with other Learning Round Table members?

Apply now!

The ALA Learning Round Table will award up to $1,000 for a member to attend a professional development event and share their new learning with other round table members. This could be a conference, workshop, or other event in your town or the funds could be used for travel as well.

The deadline is January 10, 2013 to submit this application (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LearnRT )and two letters of support. Letters of support and other supplemental application materials can be emailed to smorris@coloradostatelibrary.org.

This grant, named after our much admired past-president, the late Pat Carterette, is designed to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences.  A former staff development coordinator at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and the first Continuing Education Coordinator for the State Library of Georgia, Pat always focused on providing outstanding educational opportunities for her colleagues to grow and develop within their career field. She believed in quality library service, leadership development, and continual learning. In honor of Pat’s spirit of learning we offer this award to the Learning Round Table membership.

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:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_156838827692502

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.

A Day in the Life With Lori Reed – Monday

I am so glad that Bobbi Newman started this Library Day in the Life meme. I was part of the first round in 2008 and was amazed at the response I got to combining my work/home lives into my posts. I’m continuing that for this round.

6:00am

Why oh why does 6:00am seem so early. Until this month I had been getting up at 7:00am for years and years. At 6:00am it’s still dark and I don’t want to be awake. But my two kids have to be at two different schools and it takes a much longer time to get a 2-year-old dressed and ready to go in the mornings than it did when she was a baby. I fix my hair and makeup while the kids watch TV in bed. My 5-year-old son asks why I do this and I respond to look pretty. He melts my heart with his response of, “But mom you’ve been pretty for years.”

7:30am

My son and I are out the door and I take him to school. He’s in Kindergarten and it’s a teacher work day so I have to walk him inside to sign him in for the enrichment program that our school system provides for after school and teacher workdays.

8:00am

I arrive at work. Make a pot of hot tea. Open my email and immediately begin processing. During the last round of Library Day in the Life I posted about my frustration with email and Kevin Crenshaw commented about a solution. I followed up with Kevin and he offered me a free trial of his product with training and we have been in contact ever since. When I have more time I’m planning another series of posts about the training and process I went through to get my email problems under control. Kevin is a great person to follow on Twitter. His profile says that he is the father of 10 children! If anyone knows about time management, it’s someone with 10 children!

9:00am

I begin the arduous task of scheduling training for our staff for the 2010 calendar year. This takes up more hours of the day then I want to remember. There is so much that goes into planning and scheduling over 50 training sessions. For example:

  • I am lucky enough to work with a team of about 20 staff who facilitate staff training in addition to their normal jobs. Each of their individual schedules has to be taken into consideration. Who works what night? Who has days off during the week because of working a weekend? Who is taking vacation when?
  • We don’t want to schedule training when other large meetings or events are taking place. Anytime staff are out of the building it affects the ability of other staff to go to training.
  • We don’t want to schedule training on election days because many locations double as a polling place or early voting location. Parking can be an issue, and we are much busier on these days.
  • We don’t want to schedule training during summer reading because our libraries and staff are busy, busy, busy! The same goes for school holidays, teacher workdays, etc. I have a big master calendar with all of these dates written in.
  • Some training requires very large rooms. For instance, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention requires a room large enough for classroom space and physical maneuvers as well.
  • Other training requires computer labs or other specialized resources found only at certain libraries.
  • We have 23 libraries spread across a large geographic area so each class needs to have sessions offered at different libraries across the county. We wouldn’t want to have all sessions for one class in one geographic area.
  • Lastly we don’t want to have any two training sessions happen at the same time. This makes it very difficult to fill both classes and thus does not properly utilize our most valuable resource–our staff’s time.

2:00pm

Take a break from planning to call the ALA Learning Round Table President Pat Carterette. We talk about the name change for the round table and where we are in the process of getting a new logo. I share the designs I received from our graphic artist and we pick two to move forward with.

I follow up with the artist to give her feedback on the 8 logos she sent us. Tell her the final two we selected and give a few suggestions for refining them.

2:30pm

Phone call with one of our librarians who facilitates Readers Advisory training for staff. Have a discussion about how to move forward with converting this training to self-paced training. Refer her to some additional resources that may help.

3:00pm

Meet with our director of research, innovation, and strategy about implementing Web Ex as a tool for synchronous learning. Discuss the pros and cons of online training and meetings and how to balance the need for bandwidth for staff training with the need for bandwidth for our customers using the Internet in our libraries.

4:00pm

Back to scheduling training.

4:45pm

The alarm goes off on my phone. It’s my 15-minute warning to wrap things up so I can leave in time to pick my son up from school.

5:30pm

I rush out the door because I got tied up on the phone trying to reserve rooms for training. I realize that I even forgot to have lunch today. In the car I call Sandra Smith from the Denver Public Library. She is one of the people I am interviewing for the book I am coauthoring about leadership for trainers. We catch up and make plans for our next interview.

5:59pm

Rush into the school since at 6:00pm I start getting billed $1 a minute for being late. My son greets me by shouting “MOMMMEEEEEEEE” from across the room and runs to give me a hug so tight I can hardly breathe. It takes my breath away (literally) and puts a much needed smile on my face. He immediately tells me all about his field trip to ImaginOn which happens to be a library a block from where I work, and I feel a pang of guilt that I could not get away for even a few moments to say hi to him and his class while they were visiting.

6:15pm

We arrive home, and I have a massive headache. My son turns the TV on and I immediately begin unpacking my laptop so I can keep working. Now that I have most of the training scheduled I need to create a calendar we can publish for staff. Today is the deadline to have this project done and it’s my job to get this done no matter how long it takes.

7:00pm

My husband gets home with our daughter and she also screams “MOMMMEEEEEEEE” as soon as she sees me at the computer. There is no point in trying to work until I give her some attention. So I step away from the computer to spend some quality time holding her.

7:30pm

My husband tells me to go take a bath and some medicine for my headache. I do this and am thankful that he is home and feeding the kids.

8:00pm

My husband bathes the kids, reads stories to them, and puts them to bed. Again I remind myself of how lucky I am. I finish the training calendar then begin looking at what I missed today on Twitter and my other social networks. I also work on the final touches for my new site. I realize that it is Library Day in the Life Week from the trends on Twitter. I’m excited because this ties into everything I am doing this week with my own site as well as ALA Learning. But at the same time I realize that this week will also sh0w how unbalanced my life is right now. I spent less than an hour with my kids today and between my real job, social networking, and my web site I will have spent 16 hours on the computer today.

12:00am

I am still on the computer and chatting with Marianne Lenox. I realize what time it is and have to abruptly end the chat with Marianne who I hope understands. Then it’s off to bed with my mind racing about what’s left to do tomorrow.

So that’s my Monday. 🙂 How was yours?

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.