Resources for Trainers, Train the trainer opportunities

MaintainIT webinar for trainers

Providing resources for trainers
Providing resources for trainers

It seems to me that people who provide technology training crave opportunities to talk to other trainers. We love to hear what others are doing, to share ideas, to see examples of activities and training resources. I look at the popularity of the Google group Lori Reed recently created for trainers. I think about the excitement and sense of belonging I felt when I first discovered CLENE. Talking training with other trainers…maybe I’m a geek, but I just think it’s fun.

I’m pretty excited about the train-the-trainer webinars we’re going to be doing at MPOW. As MaintainIT’s Library Training Specialist, I provide training, but I also work to get the word out to other trainers about the project. Check out some of the training resources we’ve put on our website: a postcard, handouts, flyers, recipe cards…. More things are being added regularly.

I’m also going to be hosting free monthly webinars for trainers. If you’re interested in learning more about using MaintainIT resources in the training you provide, please attend the August 6th train-the-trainer MaintainIT webinar. It will be one-hour long and will feature training ideas and examples and discussion.

More information and the registration form are available here:

Resources for Trainers, Train the trainer opportunities

Tenets from Tennant


I’m guessing many of you have already seen this, but just in case you haven’t, Roy Tennant’s chapter in Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow is lovely. In addition to editing the entire book, Tennant wrote this chapter titled, “Talking Tech: Explaining Technical Topics to a Non-Technical Audience.” Here’s a list of the training tips he includes:

  1. Know your audience.
  2. Select the appropriate scope.
  3. Summarize
  4. Cultivate the right attitude
  5. Admit your ignorance
  6. Deliver in multiple modes
  7. Repeat
  8. Make accommodations
  9. Provide opportunities to participate
  10. Roll with the punches
  11. Ask for questions like you really mean it
  12. Be enthusiastic
  13. Be authentic
  14. Have fun!

I think it’s a good list to read when planning training and just before delivering training, too. I also think it could be useful if you have the opportunity to co-train with someone else. Talk to each other about the list and get input re: your strengths and re: areas for growth, too.

Train the trainer opportunities

Older volunteers as Wikipedia trainers

How cool is this?! Training with the goal of increasing contributions to Wikipedia’s content from older adults.

From the Wikimedia blog:

On Monday the Wikimedia Foundation started a qualification program to train senior citizens of the 50-plus age group as “Wikipedia trainers”. The future Wikipedia trainers shall be enabled to run their own Wikipedia workshops in internet cafés for older people. The long-term goal is to raise contributions from older people, who are still underrepresented in the Wikimedia Foundation’s projects.

The course will last six weeks. During the first weeks the participants will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia articles. In a second phase the participants will collaboratively develop a concept for Wikipedia courses for senior citizens. Subsequently, the participants should be able to act as Wikipedia evangelists and motivate other people of their age to contribute to Wikipedia.

The qualification program is part of the Foundation’s attempt to encourage contributions from targeted underrepresented groups.

Resources for Trainers, Tools for trainers, Train the trainer opportunities

Lori Reed – WJ Webinar – June 10th

Ooo! I am especially excited about this upcoming webinar! I am consistently impressed with Lori Reed’s ideas about training and am looking forward to getting to work with her more (she’s getting involved with some cool things we’re doing at MaintainIT). I’m definitely planning to attend this free WebJunction webinar next week.

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library
6/10/08 11 AM-12 PM PT / 2-3 PM ET

How much time does your library spend on “training?” Statistics show that most learning takes place on the job or with a coworker, yet as trainers we spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for and delivering classroom training. In this webinar you will learn why you need to get your staff out of the classroom and instead focus on creating a culture of learning in your library.

We will explore:

  • The differences between training and learning
  • The benefits to libraries for creating a culture of learning
  • The key elements of a learning organization
  • Tips for creating a culture of learning in any size library

Presented by guest speaker Lori Reed, Training Specialist for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.

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OPAL Session

OPAL in August

That kind of sounds like a Merchant Ivory film title, doesn’t it?

FYI, Johnson County Library has put together a great series of OPAL training sessions and two of your Librarians with Class creators will be leading one of them. Join us!

Friday, August 18, 2006 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain, 8:00 a.m. Pacific, and 3:00 p.m. GMT:
Delivering Top-Notch Technology Training for Your Patrons
Brenda Hough, Technology Coordinator at the Northeast Kansas Library System, Michael Porter (aka LibraryMan), Training and Support Coordinator at OCLC Western, and Rebecca Richardson, Technology Training Specialist at the Purdue University Libraries will be the presenters. More libraries are offering technology training for staff and patrons. Learn how to use interactive techniques to address varying skill levels, adapt to multiple learning styles, and deliver technology with greater impact. This program is part of the Librarian’s Continuing Education Seminar Series, sponsored by the Johnson County Library. This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.