Competencies Webinar Archive

If you missed last month’s WebJunction webinar Technology Competencies in Your Library you can view the archived webinar, related links, and discussion here:

Technology Competencies Webinar

Tomorrow from 2-3pm EDT I’ll be part of a webinar with WebJunction regarding technology competencies and the core competencies program that I helped create for PLCMC.

From BlogJunction:

This Wednesday, April 29, we’re hosting a free webinar about libraries that are using technology competencies to identify what training staff need and how staff can succeed at their jobs. We’ll be joined by the following speakers:

Lori Reed, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (NC)
Phyllis Winfield and Kim Gales, Worthington Libraries (OH)
Kris Rosenburg, St. Johns County Public Library System (FL)

The presenters will discuss how they implemented a competency-based program in their library, including steps to

  • create a training program
  • define job descriptions
  • assess staff needs

You’ll hear their suggestions for implementing such a program at your library, and also field your questions.

Librarians share their experiences to help you to avoid “reinventing the wheel” and to save you time and money. There is always a lot of work involved in launching a new program or initiative in your library, but this webinar is an example of how you can build on what others have already done and customize it for your staff.

To learn more and to register for the session, please visit the WebJunction Events Calendar:

Hope to see you there, and I can’t wait to “meet” co-presenter Kris Rosenberg who works with the library system of my hometown in St. Augustine, Florida!

23 Things Summit

“23 Things” is a revolutionary staff development learning concept centered on social collaboration tools. Helene Blowers successfully created the first program while at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Thousands of libraries and library organizations of every size and type have adapted the idea for their staff. Hands-on, self-directed, and innovative, 23 Things style programs have introduced many, many library staff, volunteers, trustees, and others to 2.0 tools like blogs and wikis.

During this 2 hour Summit, organizers from several successful programs around the nation will share best practices and lessons learned. Participants will be able to ask questions and seek advice to help in implementing a similar program.

Who should attend? If you are involved with library training, if you are thinking about implementing a 23 things style program, or if you have already implemented a 23 things style program and want to share what you’ve learned, then this session is for you!

WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are collaborating to create this event.

Date: 3/3/2009
Start Time: 2:00 PM EST
End Time: 4:00 PM EST

Register here.

Virtual Town Hall: Focus on Staff Training

Hosted by the great team at WebJunction:

Virtual Town Hall: Focus on Staff Training

Training budgets are shrinking while patron traffic is increasing in these economic tough times. What new or improved skills do library staff need to meet the demand? How do we think innovatively about our learning strategies? Join your learning professional community in the new “Virtual Town Hall” format. Engage your colleagues in a lively session of questions, brainstorms, stories, and practical strategies.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Time: 2-3pm EST


New WebJunction Site

The new WebJunction site is live. There are already some WJ fans out there who have created new profiles and been testing the site over the weekend. As I predicted it looks a lot like Facebook. (Does this mean WebJunction would be banned from children’s computers too?)

So check it out, and while you’re at it join the Library Learning Group on WebJunction.

My Page on the New WebJunction

The site looks great! You can tell a lot of people put a lot of hard work into this. Way to go WebJunction!