Welcome to Coolborough: A Story-Based Hybrid Training Program for New Library Directors

Thursday, 11/12/2020
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

The Massachusetts Library System is a state-level consortium that provides professional development for library staff. Our most popular program is Basic Library Techniques (BLT), which consists of foundational training primarily for small library directors. By transitioning from 2 days of lectures to a new model including a narrative tutorial, applied assignments, and peer discussion we are able to meet growing demand for a contemporary audience and create a deeper learning experience. 

This webinar will describe our process for redesigning the BLT program, as well as the strategies we used to foster participants' engagement and transfer of learning. We will also discuss further adaptations made to accommodate an online-only audience during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to: 

  • Compare the benefits of in-person, online and blended learning for library professional development, with a specific focus on comprehensive large-scale programs
  • Apply an immersive narrative approach in order to provide learners from varied backgrounds with opportunities to explore and practice real-world scenarios
  • Describe strategies for engagement with both peer learners and real-world colleagues in online and classroom components of a blended professional development program. 
  • Identify examples of instructional techniques that facilitate creation of immersive and engaging blended and online learning experiences
  • Evaluate modifications necessary for a professional development program to operate in the time of COVID-19


Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in the design of training materials for library professional development, especially those at state libraries, and those at system-wide, regional, state, or network-level consortia. 


Kelly Jo Woodside,  Massachusetts Library System

Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Library System



Registration rates are as follows:

  • ALA members: $55
  • ALA student & retired members: $25
  • Non-members: $77

Group rate: $99 single login

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ASGCLA will define a group as up to 20 staff from a single library system working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrants to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 

For assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, please send your request via email to Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org by Friday, October 30, 2020


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

ASGCLA Transitions: 

Thank you for your interest in ASGCLA programming, more information regarding ASGCLA’s transition may be found here