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  • 1. Creating a Culture of Learning in Your Library
    Lori Reed
    Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
    Pat Carterette
    Georgia Public Library Service
  • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/3262326159/
  • 3. Agenda
    • Learning not training... why?
    • 4. Learning: what's in it for me?
    • 5. Learning: what's in it for our library?
    • 6. Key elements of a learning culture
    • 7. Tips for creating a culture of learning in any size or type of library
  • define: Training
    • to make proficient by instruction and practice, as in some art, profession, or work
    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/train
  • 8. define: Learning
    • to acquire knowledge of or skill by study, instruction, or experience
    Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/learn
  • 9. Training
    Learning
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maggiesworld/812273556
  • 10. http://tinyurl.com/5o3uke
    Training
    Learning
    set location
    • Doesn’t necessarily result in learning
    OWNERSHIP
  • 21. Real learning is not what most of us grew up thinking it was.~ Charles Handy
  • 22. The information people need to do their jobs is usually not found here
    Idea/image courtesy of Kevin James http://engagedlearning.net
  • 23. Idea/image courtesy of Kevin James http://engagedlearning.net
  • 24. “Only 10-20% of training transfers to the job.”~ Jay Cross Informal Learning
  • 25. “Informal learning accounts for over 75% of learning taking place in organizations today.”~ Marcia Conner
    http://agelesslearner.com
  • 26. http://agelesslearner.com/intros/informal.html
  • 27. http://www.steelcase.com/na/knowledgedesign.aspx?f=10253
  • 28. Learning: What’s In It for Me?
  • 29. It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest.
    ~Charles Darwin
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/artspotters/705621162/
  • 30.
  • 31. Challenges
    • $
    • 32. Time
    • 33. Attitude
    • 34. Resistance to change
    • 35. Confusion between informal and optional, mandatory and expected
  • Trainersare not order takers
  • 36. Learning is not a way to address…
    • Poor processes
    • 37. Counterintuitive software
    • 38. Unclear expectations
    • 39. Problems resulting from poor management
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. 
    ~Alvin Toffler
  • 40. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2908834853/
    Tips for creating a culture of learning
  • 41. Management involvement
  • 42. http://plcmc.org/About_Us/hr.asp
  • 43. New Hire Orientation
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dplwesternhistory/3587424220/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dplwesternhistory/3587424390
  • 44. http://www.plcmc.org/About_Us/StrategicPlan_finalweb.pdf
  • 45. Employee review
  • 46. Access for all staff
  • 47. Share and collaborate
  • 48.
  • 49. Tips for creating a culture of learning
    • Management involvement
    • 50. Part of your hiring/interviewing information
    • 51. Part of orientation
    • 52. Learning tied to strategic goals and/or competencies
    • 53. Learning and development as part of employee review process
    • 54. Access to resources for all staff
    • 55. Share and collaborate
    • 56. Time
  • Tips for creating a culture of learning
    • Large Libraries
    • 57. Staff dedicated to guide others
    • 58. Staff exchange
    • 59. Staff “scholarships” or incentives
  • 60. Tips for creating a culture of learning
  • Ideas for Learning
    • Lunch and learn
    • 68. Show and share
    • 69. Everyday learning
    • 70. Learning journals/blogs
    • 71. Learn & Play Days or Hours
    • 72. Email challenges
    • 73. Learning 2.0, 2.1, etc.
    • 74. DEAL (Drop Everything and Learn)
  • Personal Learning Plans
    • Set a goal
    • 75. Put it in writing
    • 76. Allow time for play, reflection
    • 77. Mistakes happen
    • 78. Share what you’ve learned
  • From this:
    to this:
    Idea/image courtesy of Kevin James http://engagedlearning.net
  • 79. Questions?
  • 80. Additional Resources
    • Is Yours a Learning Organization? Harvard Business Review March 2008
    • 81. Learning Culture Audit http://tinyurl.com/4ymz83
    • 82. Learning Organization Survey http://tinyurl.com/5o3uke
    • 83. Informal Learning by Jay Cross ©2007 Pfeiffer
  • Learning is a journey
    not a destination.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilk/259998624/
  • 84. Questions?
    Lori Reed
    reedlori@gmail.com
    http://librarytrainer.com
    Pat Carterette
    pcarterette@georgialibraries.org
    alalearning.org