Training Skills for Library Staff

Training Skills for Library Staff

by Barbara Allan

"Neuro-linguistic programming? In my library?" Many information and library practitioners are engaged in training activities in their daily work, and both need and want to know about new approaches to learning. In Training Skills for Library Staff, veteran trainer Barbara Allan takes the mystery out of the potentially unfamiliar and the mindless from the tried and

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"Neuro-linguistic programming? In my library?" Many information and library practitioners are engaged in training activities in their daily work, and both need and want to know about new approaches to learning. In Training Skills for Library Staff, veteran trainer Barbara Allan takes the mystery out of the potentially unfamiliar and the mindless from the tried and true. Beginning with a compelling discussion of learning styles and how to apply them, Allan demonstrates best practice skills for designing, delivering, and assessing effective training programs, as both single events and a continuous professional development program. Ideas, activities and techniques abound, as well as listings of contacts and sources of information. First published in the UK in 2000, Training Skills for Library Staff has been revised and updated for a North American audience by management expert Barbara Moran. Now, as then, it offers a wealth of information upon which you will draw many times over.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Management
Review of UK edition: The book is eminently accessible, effectively laid-out and is organised in such a way as to attract both those who want to read it from cover to cover and those just wishing to dip into specific topics
Sconul Newsletter
Review of UK edition: This book is ideal, particularly for a new trainer requiring support in delivering training sessions or for experienced trainers seeking new inspiration.
Library Review
Training Skills for Library Staff provides a set of ideas, tools and techniques to help library services trainers' deliver high-quality training events....It is comprehensively indexed and contains a bibliography of further reading and easily obtainable training resources, as well as a section on continuing professional development aimed at extending the trainer's own competence. It would be a valuable resource in the library of training organizations as well as any library investing time and money in training programmes.
Teaching is a skill that can be learned, as is designing appropriate training experiences for library staff. And this book can help....The book does not have to be read from front to back to be useful as it is constructed to be dipped into as needed....By using the methods recommended in Training Skills for Library Staff, library trainers could create training that is better suited to perceived needs, and the library can therefore reap real benefits from its scarce training dollars. OHIO LIBRARY COUNCIL
12/1/2003 Booklist
Provides new ideas, tools, and techniques on training in the field of information and library services...Moran's presentation is readable and easily accessible. New and experienced trainers will find inspiration here.
Originally written for the professional audience in the U.K., both the material and the presentation of this volume offer much to public, school, and academic librarians and paraprofessionals in North America. Although practical guidance is the text's long suit, enough theoretical bases are included to give the user an understanding of the "whys" behind the prescribed "hows." The first half of the text concerns preparations needed for beneficial training: strategic planning; identification of key roles to be assumed by institution, staff, and even the public; and differentiation of types of training including but not limited to coaching, presentation, and electronic. Part two discusses the training processes available to contemporary trainers working with library staff and users, including how to design training, the diverse methodologies and their strengths and weaknesses in the design of particular training sessions, the importance of environment and other "givens" that the trainer should consider manipulating, and evaluating training. The text is bare bones and heavy with lists, making it an easy one to use as a reference right through from the initial project design to training delivery. Considerable attention is paid to diversity issues, with concisely delivered nuggets of data that can spell the difference between a good enough training session and excellent one. The book is highly recommended for all libraries where staff interact with each other or a user group. 2003 (orig. 2000), Scarecrow Press, 248p.; Index. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. Appendix., Ages adult professional.
—Francisca Goldsmith
Library Journal
Allan, a senior lecturer in student learning and management at the Hull University Business School and author of E-Learning and Teaching in Library and Information Services, has targeted this book--first published in Britain in 2000 and now revised and updated by Moran (Management of Libraries and Information Agencies) for American readers--at librarians who conduct training sessions. Since each person learns differently, Allan begins with a discussion of the four learning styles (activist, reflector, theorist, pragmatist). This same learning method is then used by individuals in teaching. In order to avoid using one method, she advises trainers to do a self-assessment of their own styles and incorporate the additional three styles in training sessions. As trainers are responsible for planning, designing, delivering, and assessing training programs, Allan thoroughly discusses (along with practical examples) the key skills (coaching, facilitating, questioning, etc.) and training techniques (audiovisual aids, brainstorming, case studies, role playing, etc.) they will need for success. She also covers linking training with the needs of the library, preparing the learning environment (as important as the training itself), running learning groups, evaluating training programs, and continuing education. The appendix includes sample training resources, organizations, and a comprehensive bibliography. Even though most of the titles listed are British publications, almost all of them are available in the United States. Reading this book is equivalent to taking a 16-week course, providing the minute details that create top-notch trainers, and it is one of the first to gather all of these topics together. Useful to anyone who trains or teaches librarians and staff, this is highly recommended.--Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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Meet the Author

Barbara Moran is professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Barbara Allan is a Senior Lecturer in student learning and management learning at the Hull University Business School, UK.

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