Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Learn for 15 minutes a day

I hope you all enjoyed staff training as much as I did. It was great to meet so many of you, and to put faces to email addresses!

Prior to coming to our staff training, I went to the spring meeting of the Upstate New York Special Libraries Association. Our speaker was Stephen Abram, director of innovation at SirsiDynix, president-elect of SLA, and a library futurist.

Like our futurist, Abram stressed the importance of continual learning, and the need for librarians to keep up with Web 2.0 and social web technologies. He cited a project conducted by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County, where employees of the library were encourage to play with web and digital technologies for 15 minutes a day and blog about their experiences. This project supported camaraderie within the library and in a short period of time, taught everyone some great new skills.

Read more about that project here:

There are so many new technologies out there that could help us in the way we work, and may be incredibly useful tools for our clients’ small businesses. We wouldn't have to copy the topics covered in the public library, but should we try a similar learning project? It might be fun.

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