April 16, 2007
Training Teachers @ Your Library
This week marks the end of another successful year of professional development programming for the University of Michigan's Instructor College, an exemplary training and development program for teaching librarians (and the winner of the ACRL Instruction Section's "Innovation in Instruction" award for 2003).
Many academic libraries, including UIUC, have active training and development programs, and several have programs focused on improving the work of librarians as teachers, but Instructor College has been unusual both for the breadth of its vision and for its staying power. Even when compared with similar programs at Ohio State and Washington State, the Michigan program stands out. I'm proud to have been asked to speak at the Instructor College program this week, but am also happy to have a chance to see, first-hand, what best practices we can steal ("adopt") for our program here.
Teaching is a passion both for our Coordinator for Information Literacy and Instruction and for our Coordinator for Staff Training and Development, and projects like the GSLIS-Library Teaching Alliance demonstrate that our interest in improving our work as teachers is an area where we share a professional commitment with our LIS colleagues. I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Office of Services to build on this good work and to support our organizational commitment to excellence in teaching and excellence in continuing professional education.
April 10, 2007
Learning 2.0, the staff development and training program developed by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (N.C.), has been getting lots of attention both for its success in helping librarians learn more about emerging technologies (blogs, RSS, flickr, and more), and for its "open" approach to the design of professional development programs. The project was mentioned more than once at the ACRL National Conference, and has also been featured in WIRED Magazine.
"Emerging technologies" is one of the many facets of our own staff development and training needs in the University Library, and projects like Learning 2.0 and Five Weeks to a Social Library, provide us with examples of how the technologies we need to master can themselves provide new ways of helping us to master them.
Take a look.