Who is responsible for your future training?

In this rapidly changing school and public library landscape, how will librarians stay current and who is responsible for this process? Historically, district level or library professional development and training, along with the trade  journals,  helped  librarians to keep up to date on major changes in the profession. Now the pace of technology and change continues to accelerate. Can the old model of occassional professional development meetings or training sessions and the sometimes attended annual association conference do the job? I say no. I believe there needs to be a new expectation for those librarians who will be the “great” librarians going forward.

PJHiggins an educator responsible for the blog Chalkdust 101 – Be the Change .  He discusses the idea of a Personal Learning Environment or network. The PLN diagram represents all the traditional and new online resources that give us the information and the conversations that encourage us to learn and grow. 

 PJHiggins also references a post at the blog Practice, Practice by Dr.TimTyson.com.  Dr. Tyson poses the following two questions. I have edited the content to include libraries as part of the language.

What if we asked teachers/librarians . . .

“Does the education/service you are providing reflect the best educational/library experience you have to offer? If not, what keeps you from doing so?”

What if we asked students/library customers . . .

“Do you have the ability to do your most meaningful learning at school/the library? If not, what gets in your way?

What types of answers would you expect from your staff? Your students/library customers?

Isn’t it time we took ownership of our own skills and abilities and use them to help change the policies, practices and programs for our libraries? If you are ready to look for some of the great resources available to us, consider checking the blogs listed on the right margin. Please take time to watch some of the amazing, thought provoking videos and online tools available on the Resources Page in the upper right corner of this blog.

What do you think? Tell me about some of the resources you use to keep up your knowledge and skills.

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3 Responses to “Who is responsible for your future training?”

  1. betoon Says:

    One of the most amazing things about training and resources it that you have to be passionate about your work and your customers first, and realize nothing stays the same. One of the best resources to tap into is the people you work with. Everyone has a skill and if your are serious about being the best you can be, then ask for help. Ask questions and then if you don’t understand, ask again. Then practice, practice, practice. Don’t give your customers what you want, give them what they need.

  2. pjhiggins Says:

    I am glad you found the resources useful, as I have been thinking about this very topic now for over a year, and I am still having similar arguments not only with others, but with myself on a daily basis. Changing the way we learn, and thus the way we expect others to learn, requires a sizable shift in our comfort zone. We’ve grown accustomed to the usual flow of information and the pace at which it always moved. Now, when there are over 3,000 books published daily, and who knows how much material created online daily, we have to recognize several things: that information needs to be filtered by each of us, and that we have to learn how to filter that information.

    Librarians, teachers, and other leaders of academia must be equipping students of all ages with the skills to do that, and what better way to start then by leading with your own example. Best of luck!

  3. Brad Fish Says:

    PJ thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. I work with so many librarians who seem to struggle to keep up, I feel like librarians are feeling isolated. Betoon mentioned something in her comment about reaching out to others for help and information. I think that is a wonderful idea. I was also trying to make the point that we are all responsible to try and keep up to date. When we bring new ideas and conversations to our libraries it is good for our students and library customers. It is also good for us. These are exciting, challenging times. I personally see it is a time of great opportunity. PJ thanks again for the content and dialogue you bring to this process.

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