Favorite Instructional Design Resources for Special Librarians

Lauren Hays

Lauren Hays

October 31, 2023

Many of you are in positions where you lead training. On this blog, I have shared many tips and ideas for creating effective instruction based in theory or which uses well-known frameworks.

Now, I want to share some of my favorite resources that I use when I need a refresher, or to get new ideas for instructional design.

InstructionalDesign.org: Because there are numerous learning theories and instructional design models, I often need to remind myself of the basics of ones I do not frequently use. This site provides an excellent overview of many.

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning: While this book is almost 10 years old, the research-supported principles are timeless. If you need ideas for how to help individuals remember content, this book is for you.

Association for Talent and Development: This organization focuses on “professionals who help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the workplace. They go by many titles: talent development managers, trainers, instructional designers, performance consultants, frontline managers, workplace learning professionals, and more.” The organization offers professional development courses related to instructional design.

The Learning Guild: “The Learning Guild is a community of practice for those supporting the design, development, strategy, and management of organizational learning.” The Guild hosts conferences and produces publications on learning design.

Action@Work Blog: Cathy Moore writes a blog about training for working adults. The blog is full of great resources and ideas.

UnSplash: A great place to access stock photos with a Creative Commons Zero license.

Google Fonts: A great location for different (free!) fonts.

I hope some of my preferred resources spark new ideas for you! 

Lauren Hays

Lauren Hays

Dr. Lauren Hays is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri, and a frequent presenter and interviewer on topics related to libraries and librarianship. Please read Lauren’s other posts relevant to special librarians. Take a look at Lucidea’s powerful integrated library systems, SydneyEnterprise, and GeniePlus, used daily by innovative special librarians in libraries of all types, sizes and budgets.

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