Training through Utah State Library: The programs, the results

Here is an update on training through the Utah State Library recently.

First of all, the Utah State Library’s Needs assessment for 2014-16 is underway. Be sure to be a part of this and tell us what you’d like to learn, or what you can contribute.

Our recent training topics:USL training

  • Strategic planning
  • Turning the Page 2.0 advocacy
  • Cataloging and Tech Services
  • Hottest social software
  • RDA Cataloging
  • Library Policy

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Headset/ microphone not working for online learning?

We have been doing a bunch of training lately using Adobe Connect. A main problem has been headsets/microphones not working. Here are some possible fixes, brought to you from people all over the USA, not just me, so thanks everyone for sharing.

As one of my colleagues said, “There are no problems, only situations.”  So in the spirit of that, here are some solutions for those buggy headset/microphone situations.

Fix 1: (easy) Make sure your headset/mic is plugged into the computer before logging into the classroom—or if you forgot, completely log out of the classroom, then re-enter it.  If that doesn’t work, reboot the computer with the headset/mic plugged in before restarting the computer.

Fix 2: Be sure to run the audio setup wizard upon entering the room. It is in Recording drop down on the top left of the screen. Sometimes people just click “next” “next” “next” without actually doing what the screen is asking them to do. Please read the screens and actually try adjusting settings if things aren’t working.

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Catching Fireflies

Betsy Erickson, Library Director of the Ephraim Public Library in Ephraim Utah, went to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Raleigh NC, Sept. 26-29, 2012, through a grant sponsored by the Utah State Library. This is what she wrote on the experience.

“I can remember a time, many moons ago when I was just a little girl, oh about eight or nine years old, when I could not wait for Saturday night to come and all the fireflies would come out littering the warm outdoor air with their blinking yellow glow.

‘Our family would gather in the backyard, jars in hand and search and catch these wonderful magical fireflies.  My older sister was stealthy at it where I was more like a bull in a china cabinet running left and right screeching with delight.  My parents were off to the side, with their cool glasses of lemonade chuckling at the two of us, I’m sure.

‘The best part for me was having those little bugs light up my room that night.  In preparation, I would fill the jar with twigs and leaves and just a little bit of water.  I really thought I could make them comfortable in their new fabricated home and hopefully they would live.  It never failed to make me sad waking up the next morning to see my glowing little friends at the bottom of the jar not glowing anymore.  My only solace was I knew I could do it again next week.

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The Rural Library Trustee: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships

How do library trustees get trained?
How are director and trustee roles defined to ensure a healthy library organization?
How are trustee relationships cultivated both in and outside the library circle?
Listen to an archived webinar that explores these and other questions related to library trustees. The session provides you with practical ideas and tactical strategies to support and advocate for your library organization as a trustee, or library director in a small or rural community.

View the full archive, slides, and more

This webinar was brought to you by ARSL (Association for Rural and Small Libraries) and featured presenters:
Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director ALTAFF (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations)
Kim Armentrout, Library of Virginia
Jim Minges, Director of the Northeast Kansas Library System

Outcomes based training for libraries

Yesterday I went to a very interesting training sponsored by UALC:  Outcomes based measurement by Julie Todaro. She did a great job. There were many people there (maybe 100) from academic libraries in Utah. It was kind of fun to catch up with some of my old “cronies” from when I used to work at Primary. I miss all of those people a lot and wish I did more to connect with them. They always felt like friends to me (and still do).

It reminded me of the time I spent one week in DC doing OBE with the IMLS. I enjoyed that training as well. I went with Rose Frost and Juan Lee. It was a lot of fun.  Rose and I got split up on the metro one night. She went one way and I went another but we finally both got back to the hotel in one piece. Actully the IMLS training was very well done and really taught me alot on the topic. It was one week vs one day, and was so good. Much more in depth, actually.

This fall I plan to teach long range planning training to public library directors in Utah. I will use what I learned from Todaro, what I learned in DC, and what I learned from Sandra Nelson for the training. It will be based on the Planning for Results by Sandra Nelson.  It all has to do with good, meaningful reporting of what people want to accomplish in their libraries. I’ll have the training schedule up pretty soon, probably in 3 locations in Utah, and hope to get Craig Neilson and maybe others from USL to help out on the instruction. People have been calling me and emailing me about when it will start so I know there’s high interest among Utah library directors. When it’s posted you can register online at