Saint Francis University: Providing Staff Learning Opportunities

Saint Francis University: Providing Staff Learning Opportunities

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time U.S. ET:
2:30pm - 2:45pm
Talia Richards
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Guest Speakers

In this session:

Barbara Doll

Barbara Doll
St. Francis University Librarian

Using LibGuides to Provide Staff Learning Opportunities

Finding a way to provide learning opportunities for all library personnel in a small, rural academic library was challenging. Blending ideas from WebJunction's Self-Direct Achievement: if you give library staff an hour and Library Core Competencies document, resources prepared by library team members, resources discovered through individual learning opportunities, and LibGuides to create a customized Self-Directed Achievement program worked for the Saint Francis University Library. The Core Competencies were edited to reflect local needs and sections were identified covering Technology, Learning and Innovation, and Windows 8 (new student laptops utilized this version) for fall 2014. Groups of staff members were identified to create content for the course on how things operate in Acquisitions/Processing, Cataloging, Collection Development, E-Resource Management, and Preservation for spring 2015.

Staff completed an anonymous survey in the summer of 2015. Most were glad the program was started and appreciated the resources that were provided. With the support of library administration, "if you give yourself an hour", has resulted in staff members directing their own learning while focusing on core competencies. During the first year 'give yourself an hour' was a goal for all library staff. Administration was pleased to see staff add the goal on their own this year. New content is added to the LibGuide each semester. To top it off, new staff have resources available to them so they can quickly get up to speed with library operations.

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