Maryland Area Libraries: Want to learn to train like a pro?

I’m heading to Maryland in two weeks to lead an all day preconference on training.

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: Improve Your Skills as a Trainer

Studies show that learners retain less than 10% of what they learn in a traditional training session. Train Like a Pro will provide you with tips, techniques, and tools to be an effective trainer. You’ll create engaging learning experiences for your participants – whether they are library employees, volunteers, or patrons. You will leave this session feeling more confident as a trainer.

Wednesday, May 9 from 9-5

There’s still time to register!

I’ll also be a judge at Battledecks Wednesday evening. Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!


Free Online Conference LearnTrends2009

From the LearnTrends Web site:

LearnTrends 2009 – The Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations Conference

November 17-19, 2009 | Online | Free

The theme/focus this year is on Convergence in Workplace Learning. We will bring together people who look at different aspects of learning and knowledge work to understand better what’s going on in those areas and how we should be thinking about this holistically.

As always, this conference is about getting together interesting people who bring a slightly different perspective and have meaningful conversation around innovation in workplace learning. We typically get more than a thousand people signed up and at least a hundred in each session.

To register, you must first register on the LearnTrends community and then register on the Conference Event Page.

Conference Hashtag: #learntrends

Learn to teach online…for free…at your own pace

Here is a great opportunity for anyone in libraryland to learn about teaching online:

Learn how to teach online on your own time! WISE Pedagogy offers an open-access training experience for its Introduction to Online Pedagogy workshop. Learn effective teaching practices anytime, at your own pace, without the necessity of enrollment in a program or adhering to a semester schedule. Interact with other learners/instructors via linked forums for pedagogical discussion, course development exercises, and continuing your education in new developments for distance learning.

A Certificate of Completion is available to those who finish the workshop and participate in each exercise.

Introduction to Online Pedagogy is a free resource for LIS instructors, students, and professionals from beginners to seasoned instructors looking for new ideas in online instruction.

Click here to access the on-demand website:

For more information, please contact Anne McKinney at

Master Trainer Training Wrap Up

Even though the four days of face-to-face training is over the learning continues. Now that we have returned to our libraries we are challenged with applying all the skills we learned to our every day jobs.

Between now and March 2009, each master trainer participant will design and present a new one-hour training session at his or her library. We will have coaching from our trainers and project teammates. We will also have additional training delivered online via synchronous and asynchronous platforms. In March we return to Chapel Hill for an additional two days of training and a final showcase where we present an overview of our training to library directors and other master trainers from across the state.

Stay tuned for updates as the program continues!

Master Trainer Training Day 4

Thursday’s Agenda

  • Presentations and feedback
  • Learning styles
  • Wrap up

My group went first this morning with the delivery of our one-hour training session on stress management. The session went really well. It was fun being a part of training outside of my normal area–and away from a computer. We started out facilitating a discussion of signs of stress followed by techniques for managing stress. We led the participants through some stretches as well as deep breathing exercises. We discussed reframing stressful situations. We then had breakout groups and gave each group three scenarios to discuss and brainstorm ways to cope with an everyday stessor like traffic. We brought the groups back together and had them share highlights of their discussions. The session concluded with a guided visualization and chance for each participant to share one change he or she will make to cope with stress.

My group received a lot of positive feedback and I may find a way to add this to our offerings at PLCMC.

The group that followed my group did a one-hour session on “Save As.” You may be wondering how it can take an hour to cover save as. If so, then you need to come to a public computer basics class! This session covered how to save and find files you’ve saved. How to save to different media. How to save as rich text. I loved one of the activities this group did with file types and post it notes. They had flip charts on the wall representing different kinds of files. Then they had post it notes with file extensions. The participants had to take the post it notes and stick them to the appropriate flip chart. Afterwards the facilitator had pink heart shaped post it notes labeled as RTF and stuck one on each of the flip charts. This was a creative and low-tech way to teach file extensions. I know everytime I hear RTF I’ll visualize those heart shaped post it notes.

After lunch we learned about learning styles. What better way to learn than to assess your own learning style. We took a short learning styles quiz then plotted our scores on a chart. I scored the highest in the “Actor” quadrant preferring to learn by both doing and trying.

What’s interesting is that I saved my test results from when I took this test in 2006 and my score has flipped. In 2006 I was an “Applier” who prefers to learn by trying and thinking.

2008 2006

When I read over the descriptions of both learning styles I can see how I’ve changed over two years. In 2006 I mostly did technology training which lends itself more to the Applier learning style. Now I work on a variety of topics and do mostly online training. I think the transition is also a natural progression from training to facilitating.

If you want to take a very detailed learning style self assessment try this one. I took this one back in 2006 as well and decided to retake it tonight. My learning style has changed here as well. I am much more social, physical, and verbal and less aural.