Utah Library Association received an UPLIFT Organizational Resource grant from the Utah State Library in 2009. About 400 librarians and library enthusiasts attended the annual conference, “Utah Libraries: Turning up the Volume.”
Four presenters were sponsored, in whole or in part, by the grant:
- Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian, LJ 2008 Librarian of the Year, ULA keynote speaker, “Libraries Surviving Tough Times”
- Joyce Saricks, “What we didn’t learn in library school”
- Celia Ross, “Making sense of business reference”
- Grace Mary Gouveia, “Collecting and supporting local history”
Here’s what attendees said about the programs:
She (Joyce Saricks) was amazing.
Great ideas and how-to with a small staff
Dr. Gouveia was very interesting–good choice for a presenter
I will share this info with my library’s other reference librarian
I can serve our community’s needs better because of this training
Norma gave a wonderful presentation about coping in today’s world
Celia was great! Excellent speaker with great useful information and sources
I enjoyed learning from this very knowledgeable and competent presenter. She is very good at explaining complex info in an understandable way. I would recommend her returning in the future for additional presentations.
I am interested in what training you want in the next couple of years.
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As a result of the last survey, we trained to all of the top topics. Here’s what you said, in order by the most requested, and when we offered it:
# 1. Community support for your library (taught Oct. 06 & March 08, Rural Library Sustainability & Turning the Page)
# 2. Library space planning (taught 4/28/08, Mary Bushing)
# 3. Grant writing (taught 2006-08, 9 sessions, Rose Frost)
# 4. Book Repair (coming 3/09, 3 sessions, Scott Simkins)
# 5. Children’s services (taught March/Apr 08, 2 sessions, Janell Mattheus)
# 6. Long range planning (taught 2007/08, 3 sessions, Colleen Eggett & Rose Frost)
American Library Association Annual Conference–2008
Friday, June 27, 2008, 8:30 – 5:00 pm
Competencies for Your Staff: From Implementation to Integration and Implementing a Staff Development Plan
Summarized by: Safi S. M. Safiullah, Reference Librarian, The Salt Lake City Public Library System
The speakers discussed how to prepare a successful staff development day to train competent staff for the libraries. The staff is the foundation of the library; individuals need to improve their skills in technology and customer services in order to serve the public better. Therefore, it is important to measure their skills. The speakers discussed various methods for measuring skills. One of the methods was to organize a conversation café, either quarterly or bi-monthly, where staff will sit in a circle, get to know each other, exchange their knowledge through casual conversation, discuss issues with others, and propagate their success stories. Library management also can send a memo with a questionnaires or surveys to staff to assess their knowledge in various skills such as software packages, listening skills, telephone courtesy, and reference and customer services. The staff will have a chance to rate them as low, moderate or high in each category. Other assessment can also be done by interviewing individual staff, reviewing their performance plans, and observing their skills in the workplace. Continue reading