Wednesday, July 14, 2010

ALA 2010: Staff Development Discussion

Staff member: Julie Zamostny
Original event date: June 28, 2010
Original event time: 1:30-3:30pm
Speakers: Sandra Smith

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ALA 2010: Library Trainers as Leaders

Staff member: Julie Zamostny
Original event date: June 27, 2010
Original event time: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Speakers:Paul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, Sandra Smith, Louise Whittaker

ALA2010: Purple Crayons, Random Dots, and PB Sandwiches

Staff member: Julie Zamostny
Original event date: June 26, 2010
Original event time: 4:00-5:30PM
Speaker: Frances Yates, Director at IU East

ALA 2010: Librarians Just Need to Have Fun

Staff member: Julie Zamostny
Original event date: June 26, 2010
Original event time: 10:30AM-12:30PM
Speakers: Teresa Doherty, Erin Davis, Patricia Van Zandt, Frances Yates

ALA 2010: Beyond F2F: New Methods for Staff Training

Staff Member: Julie Zamostny
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

Building with Competencies at ALA

Staff Name: Jennifer Spriggs

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:

Marketing Seminar with Matt Hackett

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.