In a bout of fabulous good news, I got an email from Jane Dysart today confirming a speaking gig Mary Chimato & I pitched for the Computers in Libraries 2010 conference. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 14th - we'll be presenting on Track E (Learning: Expanding our Knowledge) at 10:30am. Description of Track and of our preso slot below:
Track E - Learning: Expanding our Knowledge
It's critical for library staff and library patrons to be life-long learners, gaining new understanding and new skills. This track focuses on ways of engaging staff and users in learning activities, leveraging technologies and exciting their minds. Moderated by Jill Hurst-Wahl, Hurst Associates.
E301 Staff Development: Soft Skills, Firm Results
Janie Hermann, Program Coordinator, Princeton Public Library
Colleen Harris, Associate Head, Access & Delivery Services and Mary Chimato, Head, Access & Delivery Services, North Carolina State University Libraries
What does it take to create information fluency in library staff in an increasingly technological environment? How do we best blend the so-called "soft" skills such as teamwork, active listening, and decision-making with the "hard" technical skills expected of today's library staff when we have to train across boundaries of race, gender, age and technical agility? Hermann looks at how, despite diminishing budgets, to hold innovative Staff Development Days and offer other staff development opportunities throughout the year that actively teach technology and other important skills while engaging all staff in the learning process. Harris and Chimato discuss the managerial skills necessary for library staff who must adapt to rapidly changing technologies, and how to help your staff develop and maintain the technical skills your library needs to keep its competitive edge.