Librarians, archivists and museum professionals can learn and improve our organizations by seeing good practices LAM colleagues are developing.
Special librarians delivering training should know what doesn’t work, as well as what does. The myth of learning styles is an example.
Slack offers a common communication platform with colleagues for quick questions, common challenges, and projects; practical tips for using it.
Interview with librarian and consultant Miriam Kahn with her perspective on trends in special librarianship and the future of the profession.
To retain lessons learned for an extended period of time, we also need to study them over an extended period of time; this is the spacing effect
Special librarians who conduct training can use Google Jamboard; it adds an interactive element to learning sessions that helps keep people engaged.
Asking questions of people can be uncomfortable, but there is value in learning interviews about others’ experiences; tips for successful interviews
Interview with Lucrea Dayrit, special librarian and professional development advocate, on trends in special librarianship, association membership and skill-building
The USA Toy Library Association’s mission is to support toy libraries, helping ensure they can provide quality play experiences and materials
Interview with two art museum librarians and archivists who edited the new book The New Art Museum Library; trends, professional development
Librarians can incorporate retrieval practice into instruction; it is a strategy for deliberately recalling information and boosts learning.
Music Library Association interview; covers wide range of services, responsibilities, programs that form a library association’s remit and impact.
Interleaving is the concept of alternating between concepts during learning instead of practicing one skill at a time. This promotes retention.
Google Arts & Culture is an incredible resource for special librarians who want to showcase a collection or highlight resources.
Skills for special librarians include incorporating active learning techniques into library training; this can increase interaction and engagement.
Librarians anticipating future technologies must consider augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR); these tech tools are resources for learning
Librarians who purchase technology should understand the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) calculation to determine their overall cost.
Skills for special librarians who teach include encouraging critical thinking. To do so, librarians need to teach in context. Source evaluation requires subject knowledge.
Special library managers may need a new way to evaluate library staff or evaluate training effectiveness; 360-degree feedback may be the answer
Instructional designers help reframe library training approaches and how to make content relevant, creating a better experience for learners
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.