June 2009


Trying to create the definitive set of competencies for all library organizations is like creating the definitive LEGO® construction—no matter how spectacular, people will still want to build their own creations. The Competency Index for the Library Field was compiled by WebJunction with that in mind. It provides libraries with the set of building blocks from which to construct a foundation for the development of staff training, recruiting, succession planning, and other personnel strategies.

The Competency Index ‘blocks’ come in four sizes.

  • Large blocks: broad categories, such as Library Management, Personal-Interpersonal, etc.
  • Medium blocks: sub-categories, such as Communication, Customer service, etc. under the Personal-Interpersonal category
  • Small blocks: statements of competency related to the sub-category; for example, Customer Service has four competency statements
  • Tiny blocks: more detailed statements of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior (KSAs) associated with each competency statement; for example, each customer service competency statement has between 3-5 KSA statements.

So mix-and-match freely and let the constructions begin.

Competencies are only the foundation. Check out the connections to courses and resources for building the superstructure for staff development.

Advertisements

CLENE has a lot of wonderful stuff going on at ALA: Programs, Preconferences, a Discussion Group, and more! We hope to see you at one of our programs and, as always, you’re invited to join us at our Board meetings; to participate, observe or just drop in to say hello.

PRECONFERENCES on Friday July 10

  • SOLD OUT!! AM Preconference: Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering, and Surviving Presentations: A polished and memorable presentation requires skills that depend on your ability to work with, influence, and persuade your audience. This interactive hands-on workshop will help you understand and develop rapport with your audience; develop active content in your presentation; help you learn to be comfortable in front of your audience; and understand when and how to use support materials.Speakers: Lori Reed, Employee Learning Coordinator for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library; Paul Signorelli, writer/trainer/consultant for libraries and nonprofit organizations (Paul Signorelli & Associates).
  • SOLD OUT!! PM Preconference: Punch it up with Pictures: Presentations with visual power: Are your presentations riddled with bullet points? Visual images often speak louder and more succinctly than words. In the tight format of a PowerPoint presentation, strategic use of images can convey more meaning than bullet points and text. The presenter skills you learn in the morning workshop on delivering an unforgettable presentation will shine brighter when your support materials complement rather than compete with you. This workshop will help you to understand how visuals communicate, show you where to find free-use images, and share some best practices for editing and adding images to your presentations. Speakers: Tony Tallent, Director of Libraries & Arts for the City of Boulder, Colorado; Michael Porter, Interactive Strategy Manager for WebJunction; Betha Gutsche, Learning Initiatives Developer for WebJunction.

PROGRAMS BY DATE

Friday, July 10

  • Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering, and Surviving Presentations, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Location: MCP W-476
  • Punch It Up With Pictures: Presentations with Visual Power, 1:00 pm – 04:30 pm. Location: MCP W-476
  • CLENE HAPPY HOUR!!
    Friday, July 10th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Potter’s Lounge in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel
    17 East Monroe Street, Chicago 60603

    You’re invited to the CLENE Happy hour at ALA for a few hours of networking, conversation, and a whole lot of fun!  Our Happy Hour coincides with LITA Happy hour, so you can hang and network with two great groups at once!  Hope to see you there. (Cash Bar)

Saturday, July 11

  • Creating a Culture of Learning in Your Library, 1:30-3:00. Location: HRM Conf. Ctr. 10 a/b
  • How To Develop a Mentoring Program, 3:30-5:30. Location: MCP W-178b

Sunday, July 12

  • Training Showcase: Best Practices for Continuing Library Education, 1:30-3:30. Location: MPS S106

Monday, July 13

  • Staff Development Discussion Group, 1:30-3:00, MCP W-470a

BOARD MEETINGS

  • CLENE Board Meeting I, Saturday, July 11, 8:00-12:00. Location: MPS S101b
  • CLENE Board Meeting II, Monday, July 13, 8:00-10:00. Location: MPS S101b

ALL CLENE EVENTS BY DATE

Friday, July 10

  • Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering, and Surviving Presentations, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Location: MCP W-476
  • Punch It Up With Pictures: Presentations with Visual Power, 1:00 pm – 04:30 pm. Location: MCP W-476
  • CLENE HAPPY HOUR!!
    Friday, July 10th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Potter’s Lounge in the Palmer House Hilton Hotel
    17 East Monroe Street, Chicago 60603

    You’re invited to the CLENE Happy hour at ALA for a few hours of networking, conversation, and a whole lot of fun!  Our Happy Hour coincides with LITA Happy hour, so you can hang and network with two great groups at once!  Hope to see you there. (Cash Bar)

Saturday, July 11

  • CLENE Board Meeting I, 8:00-12:00. Location: MPS S101b
  • Creating a Culture of Learning in Your Library, 1:30-3:00. Location: HRM Conf. Ctr. 10 a/b
  • How To Develop a Mentoring Program, 3:30-5:30. Location: MCP W-178b

Sunday, July 12

  • Training Showcase: Best Practices for Continuing Library Education, 1:30-3:30. Location: MPS S106

Monday, July 13

  • CLENE Board Meeting II, 8:00-10:00. Location: MPS S101b
  • Staff Development Discussion Group, 1:30-3:00, MCP W-470a

Hotel Abbreviations

A message from CLENE President Stacy Schrank and CLENE VP, Pat Carterette:

Dear CLENE Round Table Members,

CLENE Board members and some members-at-large have been meeting virtually each month since January (using OPAL web-conferencing software) to discuss ongoing round table business and projects. This has been a wonderful way to communicate with each other.

We would like to encourage all CLENE members to participate in our virtual monthly meetings. This is a great way for members to connect, communicate and collaborate.

Below is our online meeting schedule for the remainder of 2009. CLENE virtual meetings run from 2:00-3:00 EDT.

• Wednesday, June 10
• Thursday, July 16
• Wednesday, August 12
• Thursday, September 17
• Wednesday, October 14
• Thursday, November 19
• Wednesday, December 9

I strongly urge you to attend the June 10th meeting. We will be discussing a proposed name change for the CLENE Round Table and we want your input!

A recent survey sent out to people involved in training, staff/professional development and continuing education suggested that most people, including CLENE members, have no clue what the CLENE acronym stands for.

The proposed name change is from CLENE Round Table to the LEARNING Round Table. Learning is what we do, what we’re passionate about and what we promote. We’re not all trainers, we’re not all educators but we’re ALL learners… and learning is what brings us all together.

ALA’s deadline for requesting a name change is June 12th. Please join the virtual meeting on June 10th and put in your two CEnts worth before it’s too late.

If you can’t attend the next virtual meeting, please send comments or questions about the name change to Stacy Schrank, CLENE President (sschrank [at] metrolibrary.org) or Pat Carterette, CLENE Vice-President (pcarterette [at] georgialibraries.org).
Join the CLENE virtual meeting in OPAL a few minutes prior to each meeting: http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs423c62c43df0

If you’ve never used OPAL before, be sure to run the set-up Wizard. Here is a link to a document on how to use OPAL: http://www.opal-online.org/OPALgettingstarted.htm

Thank you for your continued support!

Stacy and Pat

P.S. The next issue of the CLENExchange is coming soon and includes a listing of all the CLENE events taking place in Chicago. Hope to see you there!