Slamming Reference: Competition Sports for Library Staff (RISG 2009)

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Presentation at the RISG seminar (5 May 2009) on Fairfield City Library Service's experience of using Internet AnswerBoard services as a reference training tool.

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  • I was just looking at a presentation I'd put up about 'Slamming the Boards' when I saw your presentation listed as a 'related' one. Hope some folks are still involved with it down there! (I know it can be tough to keep things like this going.) --Bill Pardue
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  • Slamming Reference: Competition Sports for Library Staff (RISG 2009)

    1. 1. Slamming Reference: Competition Sports for Library Staff Jennifer Wilson Fairfield City Library Service 5 May 2009
    2. 2. <ul><li>Competition & Games </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>So how and why did we end up here? </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Our First </li></ul><ul><li>Eureka! Moment </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all staff </li></ul><ul><li>Self-paced </li></ul><ul><li>Individual activities </li></ul><ul><li>Group activities </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Learning 2.0 and the Library </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s do something more interesting than our usual training! </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr account </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing </li></ul><ul><li>HSC Blog </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Reference Training time again </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Same old, same old </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Reference collection </li></ul><ul><li>Branch collections </li></ul><ul><li>“ There’s not enough time!” </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Let’s take stock – what do we know? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff enjoyed Learning 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>People had fun with Bingo – and it generated some great ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 couldn’t and shouldn’t be avoided </li></ul><ul><li>“ There’s not enough time!” became: </li></ul><ul><li>“ How do we make time?” </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Slamming the Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians taming the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Regular event – 10 th of each month </li></ul><ul><li>Quirky, fun, a bit weird </li></ul><ul><li>Should we be doing this in work time? </li></ul><ul><li>Are these our customers? Where are our customers? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Our Second Eureka! Moment
    9. 9. Slamming the Boards + Reference Training = SLAMMING REFERENCE!
    10. 10. <ul><li>Why Slamming Reference? </li></ul><ul><li>Regular schedule tying in with worldwide event </li></ul><ul><li>Works across a variety of skill levels </li></ul><ul><li>Quirky, fun, a bit weird </li></ul><ul><li>This is what we do </li></ul><ul><li>These ARE our customers – no matter where they are geographically located </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>How do we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside a 3 hour block of time </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss Answer Boards – what they are/how to use </li></ul><ul><li>Go online and find a question </li></ul><ul><li>Research your question – 3 ways recording your strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the Physical reference collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using the Library’s electronic/online resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using only the broader Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss findings as a group – learn from colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Go online and answer the question! </li></ul>
    12. 12. What do we like about it?
    13. 13. Measuring progress (1)
    14. 14. Measuring progress (2)
    15. 15. What am I doing well?
    16. 16. Sharing & developing expertise
    17. 17. <ul><li>What have we learnt? </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups work best – 4-6 people </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed groups work well </li></ul><ul><li>Location is important </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the plan </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t skip the group discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Theme the session – select the category in advance! </li></ul>
    18. 19. Want to know more? www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au [email_address]

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