No-nonsense guidance on training in libraries
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — In order to make an impact with users, library staff must be well trained and up-to-date. Training is often delivered by library managers, development officers and trainers who may have limited budgets with access to few resources. “The No-Nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries,” by Barbara Allan, uses case studies and examples of best practice from public, school, academic, special and government libraries to help library and information workers deliver excellent training. Aimed at helping experienced trainers, as well as those who are still developing their skills, Allan's book offers guidance on the design and delivery of effective training courses, including:
- The people side of training;
- Use of technologies to support training practices;
- Different approaches to learning and teaching;
- Planning and designing training;
- Delivering training: face-to-face and blended learning;
- Evaluation of training events and continuous improvement;
- Learning and development in the workplace.
Allan is deputy dean of Hull University Business School and director of the Center for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. She is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Author of “Supporting Research Students,” she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).
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