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Renew, Reuse, Reinvent
August 17, 2015
Librarianship, as we know it, has shifted fundamentally.
I won’t say ‘changed’ because the core of our work -
providing professional & scholastic information, lifelong
learning resources, and recreational reading & activities -
hasn’t changed. But there has been a seismic shift in how
we provide those services….
The key is not resources, but attitude: making innovation,
adaptation, and change part of everyday work.
Internet Librarian 2006
The days of staying in the same job
/ role forever are long gone
My Career Journey
● 1998 = Children’s Librarian
● 2003 = Adult/Generalist Librarian
● 2005 = EXISTENTIAL CAREER PANIC
● 2006 = Internet Librarian Conference
● 2009 = Branch Manager
● 2010 = Web Services Librarian
● 2014 = Curriculum Coordinator for Public Training
Not a Geek
● Bachelors in Film and in English
● Library Science concentration in
Youth Services and Public Libraries
● For fun:
Live music / dancing
Collage / assemblage
Surrounded by Geeks
● My husband = sysadmin, network engineer,
enterprise architect, web performance
consultant, network architect
● My friends = every possible kind of geek,
from information security to programmers to
woodworkers and restaurateurs
Osmosis is awesome
How You Get There
● Need-to-know basis
● Build on what you know
● Play – push the buttons
● The occasional class & workshop
● Become comfortable with discomfort
(In other words, exactly what we tell patrons)
Start with current strengths
Do the job, push yourself…
Focus on your strongest,
most passionate interests…
… and find directions in which
… and don’t force yourself to
be what you’re not.
… and stay aware of what else
is out there.
● Sometimes, it’s a long slow slog
● Sometimes, you use controlled bursts
● Sometimes, you need to just jump
1. What is your current role at work?
2. What do you enjoy most about it?
3. What are your current interests, inside
and outside of work?
4. What skills have you fostered, through
these interests? What insights?
5. List at least 5 things that you’ve learned
recently. (Ideas, technologies, job titles,
1. Pair up and exchange notes.
2. Read the other person’s lists (to yourself).
3. Does anything jump out at you – possible future
roles, or themes / patterns?
4. Tell each other what you see. Any surprises?
1. Based on your lists and your partner’s feedback,
what possibilities do you see?
1. Pick one and list what you need to follow up on
it: training, research, money, time.
1. Is it doable – if not now, then in the next few
Library trends & standards
Supporting library services…
…on users’ own devices & on library devices
Patron needs assessments
Emerging technology trends
General troubleshooting skills
Soft skills - presenting, public speaking,
What to Focus On?
Cast a Wide Net
● Social media – friends & colleagues
● Popular magazines & websites, pop culture sites
● Gizmodo, Engadget, CNet, Slashdot,
Lifehacker, ZDNet, Atlantic Cities, ThisIsColossal
● SXSW, TED / TEDx
● Major news sources: New York Times, BBC,
CNN, Time, The Economist Tech Quarterly
ALA & its Divisions
MLS, MLA & NELA
The Usual Starting Places
At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning, and Libraries. OCLC. Fall 2014
Making Skills Everyone’s Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning
in the United States. US Department of Education, Office of Career,
Technical, and Adult Education. February 2015
Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices
for Service. RUSA, BRASS, IMLS. Fall 2014.
Library News Sources
Publications from international,
national, state, and local library
Mainstream News Sources
New York Times
The Huffington Post
The Economist Tech Quarterly
Geek News Sources
Gadgets & reviews - Gizmodo,
News - Slashdot, ZDNet, TechCrunch,
ArsTechnica, Hacker News on
Tech industry conferences
Technical conferences – even if you don’t attend, skimming
the session topics will tell you what’s important / coming
● Tech: Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , Interop
(general IT), Macworld, Velocity (web optimization), Defcon
(security), NANOG (networks), LISA (sysadmin)
● Gaming conventions: E3, Gaming Developers
● Manufacturer release events: Apple Worldwide
Developers Conference (WWDC), Google I/O,
Microsoft’s Tech Ed
Don’t be afraid to listen to these
You know more than you think you
Existing training classes on tech topics
Drop-in gadget or petting zoo sessions
“Bring a Thing” to meetings (show & tell)
Peer training by other staff
Attend public classes at your library or other
“Class trips” to local retailers
Gale Cengage Courses
Goodwill Learn Free
Floqq (Spanish & Portuguese)
T is for Training
m/) with Maurice Coleman of
the Harford County (MD)
TechSoup for Libraries
Former librarians like Crystal
Schimph and Kieran Hixon
Lead the Change from Library Journal
ALA Tech Source
“Advanced eCourse: Library
Technology for the Low-Tech
Librarian,” a 12-week course that
covers a broad spectrum of library-
Computers in Libraries 2015 had an entire track on
connecting to your community through technology.
The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for
Libraries, Stephanie Gerding, Information Today Inc.,
The Tech Set, #1-10 (2010) and #11-20 (2012), ALA
TechSource. From Set 1, Technology Training in
Libraries by Sarah Houghton and Library Camps and
Unconferences by Steve Lawson offer suggestions for
training structures outside the norm.
Emerging Technologies: A Primer
for Librarians, Jennifer Koerber &
Michael P. Sauers, Rowman &
“Manage the Device Deluge:
Jennifer Koerber, June 1, 2015 issue
of Library Journal.
1. What resources do you already use to stay
1. Do you balance library-oriented and non-library
1. What sources of information have you never
considered relevant to your work before right
How it Happens
1. Have an idea / See a need
2. Do you have the skill to teach?
3. Choose the scope
4. Determine class format and duration
5. Choose visual presentation format
6. Flesh out the program: exercises, handouts, etc.
8. Evaluate, refine and specify
You need to know more about a topic
to teach it than to just do it
Can you answer the random questions?
Can you give additional details to the
Can you suggest next steps after your
Do you have a goal for your students?
Yes, But Can You Teach It?
Overview or detailed?
Tips & tricks?
Comparing a variety of tools?
Draft a rough outline
Choose your class format
Set a skill level
Choose a location preference
Determine class length
Make a Plan
Research your topic for currency
Choose presentation format
Make the topic relevant – how is it useful?
Give examples or have samples
Plan and practice projects or exercises
Polish & Practice
Short and simple
Bulleted or numbered lists
Short memory jogs, not full descriptions
Use images whenever appropriate,
especially screenshots or step-by-step photos
Leave space for notes
Include your contact information
Presentations & Handouts
Longer sessions = more interactivity
Provide your own equipment when you can
Get every kind of adapter cable known to
Change the environment to suit you
Coffee and snacks (include protein or nuts)
Always have a backup plan
Science & Education Center at Carlton College
How to Develop a Training Workshop
Planning a Workshop
…and many more to be found by searching online for
“how to develop a workshop”
Librarian, Trainer, Presenter