Learning in Hard Times: Thinking Out Loud With George and Joan

If you have about 16 minutes listen to this thought-provoking podcast by Joan Frye Williams and George Needham. They echo many of our thoughts and concerns about training and learning in libraries.

For instance when times get tough training budgets appear to be an easy mark. But is that the best solution?

Addressing one of the fears many organizations have about training: What if you train them and they leave? But what if you don’t train them and they stay?

Whose responsibility is learning? The professional or the institution?

What is learning? Does watching a YouTube video count or talking at lunch?

If learning is important are we modeling that?

I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I did!

Mark Your Calendars for the Next T is for Training

T is for Training is the forum for anyone involved in libraries and training. Started by my friend Maurice Coleman, known on the Web as baldgeekinmd, T is for Training is a live show that seeks to deepen the conversation about training, share resources, connect, socially network and to laugh a lot. Since many of us are one person training departments I would have to say that the best part of T is for Training is being able to share questions and ideas with other colleagues, get feedback on challenges you are facing, and just in general know that you are not alone in the library training world.

T is for Training just wrapped up its lucky 13th episode, and you are invited to be part of the next show taking place on Friday the 13th!

Just the FAQs

When:
Every other Friday from 2-3pm EST (next show is Friday, March 13th, 2009)

Where:
The show’s address is here: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/24719 You can listen live by clicking on the show’s page. You can call in, listen to the stream, or come by and chat. To participate by voice you’ll need to call in on the phone.

Past Shows:
You can subscribe to the podcasts of the show on iTunes.

Got an idea for a show?
Tag your ideas in Delicious with tisfortraining.

Need More:
You can find out more at: http://tisfortraining.wordpress.com

Michael Stephens Live … Soon

UPDATE VIA TWITTER: mstephens7 @lorireed We’re postponing! I will post new date ASAP.

I am sure it will be worth the wait!

Week 9 Thing 21: Podcasts

I’ve listened to podcasts for a while now, but usually I listen to them on my PC. This semester at school I am taking a music class and our professor has a weekly podcast that we have to subscribe to. I was really impressed by this as most online training through universities is not very engaging.