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.

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!

Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers

Two years of writing and interviewing and our book is almost here. Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers is available for pre-order from the American Library Association.

Workplace Learning and LeadershipThe best kind of learning is that which never ends—and a culture of training means that staff will be more flexible and responsive to new ideas and strategies, imperative in today’s libraries. In this practical resource, leading workplace trainers Signorelli and Reed offer guidance on improving the effectiveness of training programs. Their book takes readers through the entire process of developing, implementing, and sustaining training programs and communities of learning, in order to

  • Empower individuals to become leaders and teachers by cultivating a culture of ongoing learning
  • Connect library staff and users to information resources so they can effectively use them to their benefit
  • Develop skills among both managers and workers for practicing continuous formal and informal training

Using real-life examples of trainers who serve as leaders within libraries and their communities, this book sheds light on an underappreciated but important component of library operations.

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Upcoming Webinars and Book Release

Here’s a list of upcoming webinars I am facilitating. If your library or organization is interested in any of these or other topics please contact me at lori@lorireed.com or 704.350.5421. You can see slides from all my learning sessions at http://www.slideshare.net/lorireed.

Get More Done! Time Management for Library Staff
North East Florida Library Information Network
Online
August 5, 2010 2-3pm

Microsoft Office ’07: Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts
Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative
Online
August 10, 2010 10-11:30am

Microsoft Office ’07: Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts
North East Florida Library Information Network
Online
November 3, 2010 2-3:30pm

My colleague, Paul Signorelli, and I are finishing up the final chapters for our book. Workplace Learning and Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers will be published next summer by ALA Editions–just in time for the ALA 2011 Conference in New Orleans. In the book we are compiling best practices in leadership in learning from experts such at Peter Bromberg, Pat Wagner, Jay Turner, Maurice Coleman and many others. Stay tuned for more details!