School – Smart Mob Style

This isn’t a “training” example really; it’s a teaching example instead (teaching/training – boundaries between the two blur). Many of you may be familiar with Kansas State University Professor Michael Wesch because of the innovative videos he and his students have created. I read his blog regularly and am often inspired by his unique approach.…

Pre-conference at Internet Librarian

One week from today, Stephanie Gerding and I will be presenting a preconference at Internet Librarian in Monterey. The session is called “The Accidental Trainer”. Description: If you are like most “accidental” library technology trainers, you are expected to take on computer training in your library, often with little or no previous experience or instruction.…

From the screen to the brain

Jean Montgomery, with the Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation (MI), shared a new website with me, created by the Michigan Coop directors to disseminate information about library training opportunities in the state. As I was looking at the first two training announcements, I noticed they both are virtual (or potentially virtual). It got me…

Tell me a story

I posted on MaintainIT’s blog today about the power of stories for capturing and sharing technology troubleshooting tips. I was inspired by a chapter in Daniel Pink’s book A Whole New Mind. I wanted to cross-post/link here, too, because I think this is important to think about from a training perspective. I have worked with…

23 Things — Minnesota Style

Like all good Minnesotans who have moved away from the homeland, I see it as my duty to inform the rest of the world about my home state. If a MN company is mentioned in conversation, for example, (Best Buy, Target, Aveda, Hormel…), I make sure everyone knows it’s a MN company that has been…

Nicole Engard on active learning

I just read some great notes from Nicole Engard outlining her learning at a recent conference session on active learning. It includes numerous creative training ideas and also information about the “Cephalonian Method”, which was new to me.

Book Talking

Although she isn’t specifically talking about “training”, I really liked the pop culture librarian’s recent post about how she handles book talks and summer reading promotion at schools. She doesn’t talk at the kids; she engages them in discussion. It sounds like her visits and her style have led to some interesting interactions!