Staying up-to-date on technology trends is important for information professionals. Technology trends impact how information is shared and consumed.
A desirable difficulty is challenging, but not so hard as to be discouraging; students recall content more readily than if learned in an easier way.
Using QR codes on print resources in physical locations remains a good option, but we can use QR codes in digital environments and online spaces also
Librarians who develop tutorials and create digital content can apply Mayer’s 12 principles of multimedia learning; an overview
Librarians should use reputable sources and use research-based practices; we should promote ways of thinking about the brain to help others learn.
Reflective practice helps reset/focus on priorities; it can also identify what no longer needs to be done. Year-end reflection prepares us for what’s next.
The three pillars of SLA’s strategic plan are Learn, Connect, and Advance; these describe the Special Libraries Association’s value to the profession.
Special librarians responsible for training may want to use the ASSURE model of instructional design to plan training or a workshop.
New book explains smart technologies, why/how they work, what the future holds when quantum computers arrive; the Index serves as a smart tech library.
Experts in the information profession should share their thought processes with those new to the field; this is how we keep building new knowledge.
As special librarians who provide training, it is our job to use reputable sources and research-based practices rather than perpetuating neuromyths.
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.