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“Align your training with strategic priorities,” says Lori Reed, managing editor of ALA Learning, and the an independent library learning strategist. “Staff training is different than public training. Make sure that all of your training supports those outcomes and priorities for your library. Think in terms of outcomes rather than trainings. What outcome or result are you looking for? What problem are you trying to address? Once you’ve determined your outcome then you can determine if training is the best way to reach that outcome. Don’t invest time and resources in training that’s not needed.”
Libraries across the country are being impacted by the economy. Staff are being laid off. Doors are being locked as libraries close or reduce hours. As we face this new reality, how does this impact our roles as trainers/teachers/learners? What can we do to support our organizations? ALA Online Learning has a host of resources for training and learning opportunities. Many of these events will be free, are online and have no travel requirements.
The American Library Association has been a leader in education since it was founded. Continuous learning efforts focus both on the library profession in keeping with ALA's mission to deliver the highest quality library and information services to all people. ALA has a unique role to play in assessing the continuing education needs of its members and of those in the profession; coordinating programs to meet those needs; communicating their availability; and delivering training where appropriate. As a priority for the association, continuing education is sponsored and delivered by every office and division within ALA.
ALA's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment ( HRDR) is dedicated to education and learning programs and the development of management and human resource policies that best serve the needs of libraries and their employees. HRDR also offers financial and employment information and assistance to librarians.
HRDR assists a number of committees and round tables including the Learning Round Table ( LEARNRT). This group provides leadership and a forum for ideas and concerns among library and information personnel responsible for continuing education, training and staff development.
The Committee on Education makes policies and recommendations in the area of continuing library education and acts as a clearinghouse of information on all aspects of education for library and information studies, for the profession and for the public-at-large.
ALA offers a number of scholarships to graduate students pursuing degrees in library and information studies. These include the Spectrum scholarships, designed to recruit African Americans/African Canadians, Asian/Pacific islanders, Latinos/Hispanics and Native People of the U.S. or Canada to the profession.