Can a manager be an effective coach? Some (often, professional coaches) say that they can’t and shouldn’t, because they have too much of a vested interest in the outcome of the coaching and couldn’t possibly be neutral enough to hold back on their opinions.
Then again, a lot of managers think they are already coaching when what they are really doing is a lot of teaching, advising and telling — or, worst case, micromanaging (think Pointy Haired Boss from “Dilbert”). They use the phrase “coaching” to describe just about any conversation they have with...
Donna Watt's insight:
Once again, it's about listening and asking the right questions. It's a common theme, but easier said than done for some...
Tweet In the wake of the horrible bullying and the national headlines–from Matthew Shephard 14 years ago, to the Boy Scouts’ recent denial of an Eagle Scout Honors to a brilliant young man because of his sexual orientation, to the sickening...
Scooped because... I admire Sarah's writing, I share her sentiments, and, above all, I appreciate the "why" of her blog.
And, with respect to this particular post, it needed saying. And deserves support in spreading the sentiment. Thank you Sarah. DW
Obviously, this information can be useful for anyone who might find themselves teaching and wanting to make sure the information they share sticks. However, there are benefits beyond just our own teaching. Behaviorism could be useful when thinking about how to get students to follow rules or norms in the library building. Libraries could play critical roles in courses built using Cognitivism. In a class that has made intentional use of spaced learning, the library could act as a bridge between the times the content is used in class. If a course is built around problem solving, the library can provide resources and tools to enable student groups to solve the problems they’re presented with. If a campus is focusing on Social Cognitivism, the library could use that as an opportunity to offer workshops to help students identify how they learn and how the library can fit into their individual processes. And a Constructivist environment, the library can provide the resources necessary to a class that is built around students building their own understandings. And, most obviously, a library is a key component in any Connectivist PLNs. When people are self-motivated and interested in learning, they’ll seek out material to help them in their quest, and the library is here to provide that walled-garden information they can’t find on the open web."
In NZ, the land of no-longer for Teacher Librarian training, we often bemoan the fact that as school librarians (and I believe this applies to public librarians who work with learners, too) we cannot access training in teaching theory and techniques. This post is part of a series which aims to share some teaching and learning theory and its practical applications with librarians. Well worth a read. DW
"On your own for professional development? Earn a certificate of completion by taking the Library's self-paced interactive modules. Each multimedia-rich program delivers approximately one hour of staff development."
"In a world where we now communicate and collaborate mainly via the Internet, it’s important to have the right tool available. Not only do you need something that is dependable and works properly, but you also want a tool that is easy for all of your collaborators to use. Having a lot of features is nice, but if the people you’re trying to communicate with can’t figure out how to join you, more than likely you’ll end up alone!"
Read comments, too, for feedback and further suggestions. DW
Open access eJournal from ualberta.ca - search for a research and commentary from the luminaries in the library world, including, for school libraries Todd, Gordon, Loertscher and more. Fully searchable, articles download as pdfs for your professional learning and development pleasure. DW
"You’ll hear a lot of talk about the “death of the public library” these days. It isn’t simply the perpetual budget crises that many face either. It’s the move to digital literature, and the idea that once there are no more print books (or rather if there are no more print books), the library as an institution will cease to exist.Librarians will remind you, of course, that a library is much more than a book repository. It’s an information center (free and open information, I should add). It’s an educational center. It’s a digital access center. It’s a community center. It’s fairly clear when you describe the library like this that none of these roles are going away (nor should they), no matter what format our reading habits may move to.
But these new formats will indeed change libraries — how they operate as well as how they look. As our books become digitized, there may be less need for row upon ofbookshelves. And as such, that’s a great opportunity for libraries to re-think how to use that space."
Great little clip (3:47) on understanding employee motivation - great tool for assigning tasks and communicating appropriately - seems it would work at the recruitment stage with careful questioning, too.
Some really interesting research into how students read, what their text format preferences are, and why. May help us to be more informed in focusing our collection development. May be that print formats support learning strategies - worth pondering?
“Learn how to develop or reinvigorate new and existing teen book clubs at you library. By incorporating additional supporting media, relevant activities, and social networking, you can transform the traditional book club into a ...
"What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution? The consequences of the web have been enormous, and the pace of change shows little sign of slowing. But, fundamentally, our role remains what it always has been - to support our institutions in the delivery of their research and learning strategies. What we need to do to achieve this, though, is radically different from what it was before the explosion in networked digital information. If we don't recognise that, we will become less and less relevant to our academic colleagues and our students."
Includes a host of relevant links to further learning. DW
"As mentioned in my last post, I recently presented at the online Library 2.011 conference. Talking a little about how we scan the net for mentions of my library , the results of such scans and how, when we actually respond and reactions of users." Aaron Tay.
DW: It's all very well to have a Twitter feed for 'broadcasting purposes", but how are you using it to impact your customer service outcomes? Aaron Tay outlines a relatively new service: IFTTT.
Bringing business, marketing, creativity, and education thinking to the library table... Here is where I'm scooping 'other' thinking that might be applied to the world of libraries. Can we use the thinking of marketing gurus, creatives, business moguls (and others) to open doors to other ways of seeing, doing, innovating?
Send me your suggestions for content - the wider the net, the better.
"In one of the clearest statements yet from the Library of Congress that MARC has outlived its usefulness, the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative has released an initial plan for their work that is quite revealing. Some quotes:
“…the Library of Congress is committed to developing, in collaboration with librarians, standards experts, and technologists a new bibliographic framework that will serve the associated communities well into the future.” (from Deanna Marcum’s cover note)
“The new environment should be agnostic to cataloging rules…”
“The new bibliographic framework project will be focused on the Web environmet, Linked Data principles and mechanisms, and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) as a basic data model.”
"As a daily writer and reader, I can't live without Twitter: I get story ideas there, I drum up freelance work there, I get inspired and educated there. But man, that 140-character limit is a bitch sometimes. And let's face it--in Twitter's big tent, there's a helluva lot of noise. What if there were something like Twitter, but populated solely with unabridged snippets of interesting books, articles, and essays? Findings.com is exactly that: Instead of exchanging hashtagged brain farts and link-shortened headlines, users can post full-length quotations from whatever literary source they like (provided it's electronic).
How can libraries leverage this kind of technology to encourage and support reading and promote their collections and interests? DW