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Brave New World: Developing Staff Competencies Around Mobile

Brave New World: Developing Staff Competencies Around Mobile



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    • Brave New World: Developing Staff Competencies Around Mobile+
      Douglas J. Joubert, MS, MLIS; Alicia Livinski, MPH, MA; MaShana Davis, MSIS
    • Disclaimer
      Although the project I am describing is based on a project at the NIH Library, the views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the NIH Library, the National Institutes of Health, or the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • Outline
      Team Process
      Staff Performance
      How we did it
      Lessons Learned
    • Planning
    • The seed was planted…planning
      Digital Libraries Conference at Tilburg University.
      More staff using personal devices at the NIH.
      “Establishing the library as the place to go for technology.”
      NIHL LT
    • The seed was planted…but
      In the Federal space BlackBerry is King.
      3 surveys revealed little use of mobile and Web 2.0 for “work.”
      Our demographics.
    • Planning…strategy
    • Planning…mobile objective from 2011 NIHL Strategic Plan
      Included building a competency among staff around mobile devices and applications and other emerging technologies.
    • Planning…the team and our mission
      The Emerging Technologies Team helps plan and assess the effective use of technology to support research at the NIH. Additionally, the group will identify, implement, and assess technologies for the library, including those that supportmobile computing, social media, andother technologies critical to science and medicine.
      7 core members
      13 adjunct members
    • Planning…targets
      Compile a list of available devices and their platform: Apple, Blackberry, Android.
      Identify and document issues related to authentication on mobile devices (iOS and Android).
      Planning for and supporting multiple devices.
      Sustaining the program.
      Partner with other techie folks on campus.
    • Planning…training
      Supporting staff development across platforms.
      What should be our training priorities.
      What training models have been successful and will they work at the NIHL?
      23 Things.
      Brown-bags versus hands-on.
      Accommodating adult learners.
      Librarians, Informationist, support staff, and the business office.
    • Planning…mobile
      Deciding who gets what.
      Device negotiation with vendors.
      Contract negotiation with vendors.
      Figuring out what is allowed by HHS & NIH CIOs.
      Deciding how to train staff on using their mobile devices.
    • Planning…timeline
      Fall 2010 - 3 person COP became a team.
      Jan. 2011 – First meeting of ETT.
      Feb. 2011 – First brown-bag.
    • Development
    • Development…mobile
      IAB Branch Chief met with ETT to discuss device deployment.
      ETT met with all library staff outlining team objectives, mobile deployment, and staff training.
      IAB Branch Chief sent out survey asking staff about preferences for a mobile device.
    • Development…training
      Developed curriculum that included a variety of methods for educatingstaff, developed a staff technology challenge, and leading by example.
      Developed methods to evaluate staff competencies with their devices.
      We really wanted to build a community of learners that was focused on mobile, social media, and emerging technologies.
    • Developing…staff performance
      Supervisors reached out to ETT to assist in developing objectives for performance plans (PMAP’s).
      PMAPs needed to include activities focused on mobile and Web 2.0.
      PMAP Revisions
    • Implementation
    • How we did it
      Brown-bags for staff education.
      Meet and Greet sessions with the ETT.
      Mobile “show and tell.”
      Reference Assistant (RA) Tech Challenge.
      Informal Communities of Practice.
      ETT served as “ambassadors” for the technology.
    • Factors that influenced training
      Make it relevant to me!
      Proliferation of Mobile Use
      Ease and availability of cloud services
      Social Media and Mobile Use
      Focus on two factors: (1) the Level of learning, and (2) the resources required to implement
    • Staff brown bags
    • Mobile
    • Mobile device deployment
      18 BlackBerry Devices
      14 Android Devices
      12 iPads
      14 staff never had a mobile device at work
      3 did not have a personal cell phone
    • Our focus on mobile
      Distributed to all staff.
      Desire: gauge interest and experience.
      Two sessions:
      Orientation to mobile devices and applications.
      Mobile “Show & Tell.”
      One-hour sessions.
    • Mobile 101 brown-bag
      Overview of mobile computing, devices, apps
      Focus: Android, Apple, and BlackBerry.
      Briefly mentioned other devices (Windows, e-readers, tablets).
      Comparison of devices (OS, features/capabilities).
      Defined mobile application, compared to mobile-compliant Web site.
      App markets for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry.
    • Mobile “show & tell”
      Device-specific sessions.
      Formed user groups based on devices (iPads, Androids, BlackBerry).
      “Lunch & learn” sessions or monthly meetings
      Basics/setting up the device
      New applications.
      ETT responsible for providing training and support.
    • RATECH challenge
      Developed a four month training program for the paraprofessional staff.
      Blogs & Wikis.
      Online Mapping and Spatial Literacy.
      Photos and Images.
      Social Media and Networking.
      The program was designed to foster the development of technology skills, encourage collaboration, and promote lifelong learning habits.
      The program was also designed to map to the PMAPs of the 7 participants.
    • RATECH learning dimensions
      Adapted from Smith, M. K. (2002,) "Malcolm Knowles, informal adult education,…
    • P1 – First meeting and started developing PMAPs
      Feb 2011
      P2 – Literature review and planning
      Mar – Apr 2011
      P1 – Brainstorming and finalizing PMAPs
      May 2011
      June 2011
      RATECH timeline
      P2 – Developing content and networking
      P3 – Developing module goals, objectives, and milestones
      July 2011
      M1 – Module Introduction and Getting to Know Google
      Aug 09, 2011
      Aug 16, 2011
      Aug 23, 2011
      M2 – Introducing Blogs and Wiki’s
      Aug 16, 2011
      M3 – Creating a Blog, Adding Images and Videos…
      M4 – Debriefing with RA’s, Journal Club, and Assessment
      Aug 29, 2011
    • RATECH format
    • Assessment
    • Evaluation
      Surveys (used Google Forms & Survey Monkey).
      App evaluation form.
      Device evaluation form.
      Survey on mobile device (perceptions about getting the device).
      Narrative summary if devices were returned.
      Narrative Reports (iPads only).
      Assessment built into the RATECH Challenge.
    • Evaluation ?
      • Was harder than it should have been.
      • Reluctance of staff to complete evaluation forms & provide feedback (except when something didn’t work).
      • Difficult to come up with outcome measures – esp. those relevant to our type of library.
      • Was not able to work on evaluation plan before distributing devices.
    • Lessons Learned
    • What did not work (or work as expected): [1]
      More guidance from senior library administration on why staff was being “pushed” into mobile.
      Long time to get the devices.
      How do we encourage the discovery of new services and applications.
      Just because you buy someone a device, you cannot expect them to be an engaged user.
      Evaluating staff competencies with their devices.
    • What did not work (or work as expected): [2]
      Deciding who got the iPads…since they were coveted devices.
      Not enough “worker bees.”
      Time to develop & conduct the trainings.
      Determine how to evaluate? What to evaluate?
      Staff attitude.
    • Lessons learned: [1]
      You need a dedicated team of “do-ers” who will take initiative and stay on timeline.
      Distribution of work: be prepared for a lot of hand-holding to get people up to speed.
      Ensuring that the entire team is aware of the plan and overarching goal(s), as well as their role.
      Jumping through government-specific TOS jargon/policies (iTunes, 3G, repurposing the BlackBerry devices).
    • Lessons learned: [2]
      Squeezing in time here and there to focus on this entire initiative does not work very well.
      Make what you are doing relevant. You cannot make people excited about something.
      Innovation is hard. Even if you have the support of leadership, implementing something new is not easy.
    • Lessons learned: [3]
      Just because you are invested in learning new and innovative things you cannot expect everyone to be super engaged.
      Planning and establishing goals at the outset are essential - it was difficult to evaluate if we had succeeded at what we were attempting to accomplish and to keep staff engaged.
      We had to become innovative in figuring out ways to encourage staff without explicitly providing instructions.
    • Contact information
      MaShana Davis = mashana.davis@gmail.com
      Alicia Livinski = alivinski76@gmail.com
      Doug Joubert = doujou.dc@gmail.com, @doujouDC,