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.
Unconferences are the perfect platform for LAM professionals to share ideas, trends, and techniques in this world of social distancing/remote working
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.
Skills for special librarians working in a digital environment include learning how to expand their library’s or organization’s online presence.
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.
Special librarians can leverage their collections in new ways to engage with users virtually, leveraging culture institution initiatives as models
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
Special libraries, archives, and museums fulfill their missions in new ways as result of COVID, delivering virtual services, collections, content.
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 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.