Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Original event date: June 26, 2010
Original event time: 4:00-5:30PM
Speaker: Frances Yates, Director at IU East
Original event date: June 25, 2010 (ALA Preconference)
Original event time: 8:30AM-Noon
Speakers: Jay Turner, Maurice Coleman, Mary Beth Faccioli
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Learning Event: Building with Competencies at ALA 2010
Library System: ACLS
Date: June 26, 2010
Summary: I was so pleased that I was able to attend this session, which was sponsored by the LearningRT. The two presenters were excellent - Betha Gutsche of OCLC and Sandra Smith of Denver Public Library. They engaged the audience by giving everyone a two-sided sign with a smiley face on one side and a frown on the other. They continually asked questions and asked the group to respond to their answers with their signs. Competencies can be a scary word - the presenters suggested that skill set might be a less intimidating term. The outcomes for session attendees were:
-A basic understanding of what competencies are
-A basic understanding of potential employee and organizational benefits to utilizing competencies
-Examples of how libraries are utilizing competencies to enhance their operations and missions
-An increase in willingness to explore the use of competencies in their work
The presenters walked through 6 case studies that showed how competencies were used in a practical way to benefit library systems and individuals. I took away quite a few good ideas, especially in regards in how to tie competencies to performance reviews, which I hope to implement in the next review cycle.
Aha! to share: On average, approximately 60 to 70 percent of library funding goes to staff - salaries, benefits, etc.
You can view the session resources at:
Posted by J. Zamostny on behalf of M. Fuller.
I learned to detail why our customers choose to do business with us rather than our competitors, i.e., we're free, better searches, and provide online info by subject
I learned to detail the one thing we do better than anyone else, i.e., provide free books and DVDs.