Skills for special librarians include using learning theories such as connectivism; users need to see connections between information sources
Medical librarians share professional development goals and needs with other special librarians; the MLA provides learning opportunities.
Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction can be used for class planning to help get your special library students in the correct mental state for learning.
Special librarians who deliver training can use Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to ensure students are in the correct state of mind for learning.
Special librarians should consider tabletop games to support experiential learning, allow for engagement with concepts in a safe environment.
Working from home at least part of the time may be the next normal, post-pandemic for librarians. Tips for being productive and remote work success.
Skills for special librarians include strategic research on library services, products, and policies in order to understand and serve stakeholders
Skills for special librarians who conduct training include leveraging the Kaufman Five Levels of Evaluation to assess instruction efficacy.
Skills for special librarians include leveraging technology like 360° videos, as training and orientations are increasingly virtual
Skills for special librarians including reflecting on prior experiences, keeping what works, and improving upon what doesn’t. Questions to ask.
Special librarians teaching skills many adults need for employment and lifelong learning should include self-regulated learning strategies in training.
Skills for special librarians who conduct training include fostering social interaction during instruction; this is critical in a virtual setting
The CIPP Model is a useful decision-making framework that helps make special library training more effective.
Alignment charts are used by special librarians delivering training to ensure session goals are addressed by activities, assessments, and technology
Skills for special librarians include using the Phillips ROI model to measure whether training has produced measurable returns, and if so, what.
Skills for special librarians include evaluation of training programs, particularly online training programs, to ensure relevance and impact
Special libraries who deliver training sessions increasingly do so virtually; tips for successful virtual instruction in various library settings.
Special librarians can leverage Maslow’s hierarchy when designing and delivering training and also when responding to reference and research requests.
Virtual librarianship is on the increase; building relationships and leveraging the right technology are necessary for communication and organization
Special librarians who create and deliver presentations can leverage Creative Commons for images; tips for where and how to find images for reuse
Skills for special librarians include competency in information ethics, which is very similar to the competency of digital citizenship.
Skills for special librarians include training; starting with the end in mind helps in designing more effective training; learn why and how.
Gamification builds engagement and motivation. It is not a good fit in every special library, but is excellent for those looking to boost initiative
Skills for special librarians include mentoring and knowing how to reap the benefits of being mentored. Tips for how to build mentoring skills
Successful special library assessment includes developing useful assessment questions and deciding which methods are best to answer them