Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back? On-Demand Webinar

PLA On-Demand Webinars logo“Mental models are deeply held internal images of how the world works, images that limit us to familiar ways of thinking and acting.”
  —Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

While you need to know the ins and outs of the library and community you work in, sometimes such familiarity can lead to assumptions and mental models about the purpose, the people, and the materials of your library. When we have a mental model of something, we can get stuck in a way of thinking, making decisions that continue to reinforce the model—prioritizing tasks and budgeting to drive actions that support them. This interactive webinar will show you how to bust some of your mental models and start the shift to innovative, out-of-the-box thinking that managing a modern library requires. Chat opportunities with the instructor will make the learning relevant and engaging, so come ready to participate and discover how to unlock a world of possibilities for your library.

This archived webinar was originally presented August 8, 2012.

Running time: 58 minutes

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Be made aware of their own mental models of the library that inhibit change
  • Learn how to spend resources and staff time once they’ve adopted new perspectives
  • Learn about activities they can use at their library to continue the mental model busting experience with other staff

Who Should Purchase

Library directors, managers, or supervisors who are looking for new ways of thinking about how to use staff time, money, and other resources to continually improve their libraries; any library staff member who wants to be a change agent.

Instructor

Cheryl Gould, library training consultant, InfopeopleCheryl Gould is a library training consultant. She has worked with Infopeople as lead trainer for 15 years delivering workshops on a wide range of topics for library staff including technology, customer service, communication, exploring leadership and teambuilding. Through her consulting business, Fully Engaged Libraries, she consults on helping libraries through transitions as well as creating engaging all staff days. Cheryl has worked with over 150 different instructors to create workshops on more than 200 different topics relevant to libraries.


Dates & Times

Available 24/7

Continuing Education Credits

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.

Fee

Individual

  • $28 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

Group

  • $119 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members)

If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Technical Requirements

To playback this on-demand webinar you should have the newest version of Adobe Flash Player installed and Javascript enabled in your web browser. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.

We suggest that groups, especially larger groups, plan ahead to use an LCD/LED projector in the room to project the webinar recording. Groups will also want to have speakers capable of amplifying the webinar audio for the entire room.

How to Purchase

Purchase from the ALA Store:

If access to this on-demand webinar will be shared with multiple people—viewing either on an individual basis or gathered together in a single location—then the group rate applies.

The purchase of this on-demand webinar will include instructions and a password to access the archived recording of the webinar. You'll have access to the on-demand webinar for one year from date of purchase.

This on-demand webinar is intended for the sole use of the purchaser, whether an individual or group. Redistribution or rebroadcast to another individual or group other than the purchaser is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to plawebinars@ala.org, or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA.