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

  1. 1. Image: _Soldiers_climb_an_obstacle_during_a_noncommissioned_officer_professional_development_event_at_Fort_Bragg_N.C._on_March_16_2012._The_soldiers.jpg
  2. 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. 3. DON’T PANIC! Handout as PDF at (That’s one - h - ‘lower-case ell’ -AbnQ) balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  4. 4. Professional Development balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  5. 5. What is “professional development”? “ The process of obtaining the skills, qualifications, and experience that allow you to make progress in your career ” (Emphasis added)
  6. 6. What is “professional development”? growth advancement evolution improvement continual increase progress augmentation flowering unfolding perfecting enrichment
  7. 7. Curiosity
  8. 8. Professional Development: FREE Resources balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  9. 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. 10. Coursera
  11. 11. MOOC-List
  12. 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. 13. Includes past versions of Office products Internet basics Email Career resources
  14. 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 /explore- topics/competencies.html
  15. 15. Learn HTML/CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, APIs User-friendly, fun program Earn “badges” as you go
  16. 16. HTML4/HTML5 Tutorial Very similar to Code Academy, but goes more in-depth Quick reference links on left-hand side
  17. 17. Remember those expensive electronic resources? There’s some useful stuff in there!
  18. 18. Screencasts and other learning opportunities for statewide databases Tutorials on OWL
  19. 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. 20. Current Awareness balloonbrief/balloon.jpg
  21. 21. Many OLC Divisions & Committees maintain blogs and newsletters Reference & Info Services Division Blog- Adult Services Division Blog- Small Libraries Division- Technical Services Division- Intellectual Freedom Committee- OLC Core Competencies-
  22. 22. And this!! Provides access to these...
  23. 23. Set up an e-mail alert or RSS Feed
  24. 24. @jessmyn @Libgig_Jobs @amlibraries @libraryjournal @librarycongress @kgs @griffey @ALA_JobLIST @LJBookReview @yalsa @libraryfeed @davidleeking @shifted @libraryfuture @openculture but there’s more...
  25. 25. Government institutions Celebrities Scientists Technology gurus News outlets Sports Economists Artists & musicians Trend-setters
  26. 26. Don’t forget to share your knowledge!
  27. 27. Don’t forget to share your knowledge! /
  28. 28. Screencast-o-matic, Jing, Camtasia Studio Homegrown Options
  29. 29. Homegrown Options
  30. 30. Don’t forget to share your knowledge! Present! Blog! Publish!
  31. 31. Don’t forget to share your knowledge!
  32. 32. Thank you! Handout & slides at balloonbrief/balloon.jpg