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Life-Long Learning for Librarians: Free Professional Development and Current Awareness Resources and Tips

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2014 Ohio Library Council Chapter Conferences: Libraries tout the fact (and rightly so) that we are bastions of life-long learning for our patrons; however, library staff members sometimes neglect …

2014 Ohio Library Council Chapter Conferences: Libraries tout the fact (and rightly so) that we are bastions of life-long learning for our patrons; however, library staff members sometimes neglect their own continuing professional development. Finding the time is always a challenge, but there is a wealth of free resources available at any time online for librarians to hone skills, stay current on the profession, and learn new things. This presentation will explain what’s available, why it’s important, and how to fit it (almost seamlessly) into your already busy schedule.

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  • 1. Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Defense.gov_News_Photo_120316-A-XN107-604_- _Soldiers_climb_an_obstacle_during_a_noncommissioned_officer_professional_development_event_at_Fort_Bragg_N.C._on_March_16_2012._The_soldiers.jpg
  • 2. Mansfield-Richland County Public Library Chris May KnowItNow24x7 Don Boozer Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. Mark Twain The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
  • 3. DON’T PANIC! Handout as PDF at http://bit.ly/1hlAbnQ (That’s one - h - ‘lower-case ell’ -AbnQ) http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/lub/news/2009/20090912- balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  • 4. Professional Development http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/lub/news/2009/20090912- balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  • 5. What is “professional development”? “ The process of obtaining the skills, qualifications, and experience that allow you to make progress in your career ” http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/professional-development (Emphasis added)
  • 6. What is “professional development”? growth advancement evolution improvement continual increase progress augmentation flowering unfolding perfecting enrichment
  • 7. Curiosity
  • 8. Professional Development: FREE Resources http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/lub/news/2009/20090912- balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  • 9. Free online courses/tutorials Power Searching with Google Self-paced tutorial includes activities and videos Opportunity to take free college courses Courses from Stanford, UC Berkeley, Yale, Oxford, and more Similar to iTunes University Over 600 courses available Everything from finance to basic guitar
  • 10. Coursera
  • 11. MOOC-List
  • 12. Free online courses from Stanford, Ohio State, Penn State, and more Certificate courses and MOOCs Includes K-12 educational resources, audiobooks, eBooks Discover Dentistry- Why not?
  • 13. Includes past versions of Office products Internet basics Email Career resources
  • 14. Free webinars/educational resources Events cover a wide range: collaboration, online learning, cataloging, library surveys, customer service, management, and more WebJunction Competency Index for the Library Field available at http://www.webjunction.org /explore- topics/competencies.html
  • 15. Learn HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, APIs User-friendly, fun program Earn “badges” as you go
  • 16. HTML4/HTML5 Tutorial Very similar to Code Academy, but goes more in-depth Quick reference links on left-hand side
  • 17. Remember those expensive electronic resources? There’s some useful stuff in there!
  • 18. Screencasts and other learning opportunities for statewide databases Tutorials on OWL
  • 19. More Professional Freebies! On-demand webinars Many are free! Lots of great collection dev. webinars, covering all ages Free webinars on a wide selection of topics (security, collection dev., copyright, etc.
  • 20. Current Awareness http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/lub/news/2009/20090912- balloonbrief/balloon.jpg http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/det.4a27975/
  • 21. Many OLC Divisions & Committees maintain blogs and newsletters Reference & Info Services Division Blog- http://olcrisd.wordpress.com/ Adult Services Division Blog- http://olcadultservices.wordpress.com/ Small Libraries Division- http://olcsmalllibraries.wordpress.com/ Technical Services Division- http://olctsd.wordpress.com/ Intellectual Freedom Committee- http://www.olc.org/IntellectualFreedom.php OLC Core Competencies- http://www.olc.org/CoreCompetencies.php
  • 22. And this!! Provides access to these...
  • 23. Set up an e-mail alert or RSS Feed
  • 24. @jessmyn @Libgig_Jobs @amlibraries @libraryjournal @librarycongress @kgs @griffey @ALA_JobLIST @LJBookReview @yalsa @libraryfeed @davidleeking @shifted @libraryfuture @openculture but there’s more...
  • 25. Government institutions Celebrities Scientists Technology gurus News outlets Sports Economists Artists & musicians Trend-setters
  • 26. Don’t forget to share your knowledge!
  • 27. Don’t forget to share your knowledge! http://www.flickr.com/photos/31033598@N03/3191706942 /
  • 28. Screencast-o-matic, Jing, Camtasia Studio Homegrown Options
  • 29. Homegrown Options
  • 30. Don’t forget to share your knowledge! Present! Blog! Publish!
  • 31. Don’t forget to share your knowledge!
  • 32. Thank you! Handout & slides at http://www.slideshare.net/donboozer http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/lub/news/2009/20090912- balloonbrief/balloon.jpg