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We’ve officially moved to alalearning.org.

All the posts from CE Buzz have been copied to the new site so don’t worry, you can still find your favorite articles.

Sign up for the new feed or we will be updating the old feed. Either way a big thank you to all our readers. We hope that you will enjoy the new site and that it will become your destination for library training and learning!

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The Learning Round Table (formerly CLENERT)* is excited to be sponsoring our first ALA Emerging Leader!

We’re looking for enthusiastic applicants who have an interest and/or experience in

  • staff training
  • staff development; and/or
  • continuing education of library staff

The 2010 Emerging Leader selected by the Learning Round Table (LearnRT) will be someone who desires to learn more about more about the ALA Learning Round Table, who is willing to work on a project related to continued learning; who will be engaged in the work of the round table and who will be an ambassador for the Learning Round Table. In turn, the Learning Round Table will provide $1000 towards ALA Midwinter and Annual conference expenses for the person selected.

Applicants must meet the general Emerging Leader criteria set forth by ALA as well as criteria set forth by the Learning Round Table:

  1. Be under 35 years of age or be a new library professional of any age with fewer than 5 years of experience working at a professional or paraprofessional level in a library;
  2. Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in-between each conference;
  3. Be willing to commit to membership in both ALA and the Learning Round Table if accepted; and
  4. Be prepared to commit to serving in ALA or your state or local professional library organization upon completion of the program.

Upon review of the applications and resumes, the Board of the Learning Round Table will select one Emerging Leader to sponsor.

If interested, please submit the Learning Round Table Emerging Leader Application no later than August 15, 2009. In addition, email your resume to info@alalearning.org . Applicants will be notified on or near September 1, 2009.

Note: Applicants may complete both the Learning Round Table Emerging Leader Application and the ALA Emerging Leader Application, if desired. The Learning Round Table will select an Emerging Leader from our own pool of applicants. ALA will select a larger number of applicants.

Please contact me at pcarterette@georgialibraries.org with any questions. This message is being sent to all CLENE Listserv members today. Tomorrow it will go out to all CLENERT/LearnRT members as well.

Thank you for your continued support!

Pat

Pat Carterette, LearnRT President

*Yes, we have a new name! We’re now the Learning Round Table (aka LearnRT). For the time being, you will continue to see CLENE in various places online. It will take awhile to get everything changed, including a logo and other design templates. Our new website www.alalearning.org is up and running but currently under construction. We are also still using our original website www.ala.org/clenert. So, pardon our dust while we get our “house” in order. And stay tuned for some very exciting developments with the Learning Round Table.

    After two years under the inspiring leadership of Peter Bromberg and all the other CE Buzz Bloggers, we are moving to a new site alalearning.org.

    All the posts from CE Buzz have been copied to the new site so don’t worry, you can still find your favorite articles.

    Sign up for the new feed and stay tuned as the new site is still under construction. We expect to have a formal announcement and unveiling in early September.

    A big thank you to all our readers. We hope that you will enjoy the new site and that it will become your destination for library training and learning!

    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!

    Webinar: Libraries as Learning Organizations
    When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (EDT)
    Co-sponsored by CLENERT and WebJunction
    Registration Link: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1592

    What makes a library a learning organization? What does it take to build an organization-wide commitment to team and individual learning? Why make the effort, especially in these economic times?

    Our panelists, representing libraries at different mileposts on the road to becoming learning organizations, are finding their own answers to these questions and will share challenges, strategies, and successes about the four Bs of the journey:

    • BENEFITS of a learning culture
    • BUILDING the environment
    • BEING a learning champion
    • BEYOND to sustainability.

    Hear ways to use technology appropriately to enable faster, more personalized learning and to institutionalize knowledge sharing. Because most learning occurs on the job, at the point of need, you will discover ways to create a positive performance environment.

    Even if your library is not yet moving in this direction, you will take away ideas that you can use immediately to implement learning solutions individually and organizationally.

    Panelists:

    • Sandra Smith, Training and Development Manager, Denver Public Library
    • Michele Leininger, Information Experience Director,Pierce County Library
    • Elizabeth Iaukea, Learning Manager, Pierce County Library
    • Julia Lanham, Human Resources, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

    Registration Link: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1592

    It’s not as if trainer-teacher-learners—a group which includes nearly anyone currently affiliated with or using libraries—have any extra time on our hands. There are mornings when the act of opening our eyes and glancing at our to-do lists is enough to make us want to dive back under our blankets, close our eyes, and hope that visions of things to be done will somehow miraculously vanish before we move out of the comfort of our beds.

     

    That, however, didn’t stop several of us from immediately rising to the challenge posed by our fellow CE Buzz blogger Peter Bromberg this morning when he noted–in much kinder and gentler words than I’m using here–that we’ve become somewhat slothful about keeping up our commitment to contribute to CE Buzz and the community of learners it represents. In asking us whether we wanted to continue as contributors and, more importantly, whether we were willing to commit to a fairly easy schedule of posting articles so that fresh content appears regularly, Peter inadvertently reminded us why we were so attracted to the site initially.

     

    My immediate reaction was to call Peter; discuss what we’re doing and what we might be doing better; and promise that I would return sooner than later. Excited and encouraged by what we know will come of this, we both noted that there seems to be a rising wave of energy and excitement around the work CLENE is currently doing and the level of commitment CLENE members bring to the organization and to our parent organization, the American Library Association.

     

    The blog, for many of us, is both an extension and an integral part of what CLENE provides and inspires—a 21st-century physical and online variation of the Third Place which Ray Oldenburg, in The Great Good Place, suggested we need in addition to home and workplace. It should and deserves to be nurtured. And it’s only going to grow if those of us who are committed to contributing to it meet our commitments, and those of you who are drawn into this community of trainer-teacher-learners become active participants through your responses and engagement with all that CLENE and CE Buzz can offer.

     

    “It feels as if we’re right at a tipping point,” Peter commented, and I began to laugh, for even though I recognized the term “tipping point” as coming from Malcolm Gladwell’s book which uses the term as its title, my mind—in equal states of exhaustion and hyper-caffeination—began to latch onto the word “tipping,” picture things being tipped, and—for no reason I can offer other than my penchant for always enjoying word and visual playfulness—started thinking about things being tipped over. Like a glass of wine. Or a glass of milk. Or, in the oft-cited image which must hearken back to our rural roots and people with too much time on their hands, cows—as in “cow-tipping.”

     

    Now please understand that neither Peter nor I are suggesting that we’re going to pursue cow-tipping as a learning technique or a fundraising effort on behalf of CLENE or any of its activities under the auspices of the American Library Association. (I frankly doubt that ALA and its incoming president, Camila Alire, would be very supportive of this kind of endeavor.) On the other hand, the trainer-teacher-learner in me did spend a little time this afternoon with Wikipedia and other sources to learn more about the alleged practice of cow-tipping and read the wikipedians’ report that “According to popular belief, cows can easily be pushed over without much force because they are slow-moving, slow-witted and weak-legged, have a high center of gravity and sleep standing up. Numerous publications have debunked cow-tipping as a myth. Cows do not sleep standing up, nor do their knees lock, making the act of cow-tipping impossible.” (See, you actually learned something by staying with me this far into the blog.)

     

    Please, furthermore, don’t expect us to suggest that current efforts to find a new look and logo for CLENE’s materials might somehow involve the image of a cow being tipped over while engaged in learning—at least not unless other CLENE members and ALA’s wonderful membership director, John Chrastka, want to make a connection I’m not willing to make right now. (No, John, I won’t hold my breath waiting for you to take the lead on this one.)

     

    But do understand that if we could take the time it took to have that conversation this morning and giggle over improbable images and apparently non-existent pastimes, we and our fellow CE Buzzers certainly can carve out the time to continue thinking out loud here on the blog in the hope that some of the more serious ideas and practices which we document and propose will somehow contribute, overall, to the improvement of the training-teaching-learning arena which we all so clearly cherish. And we hope you’ll join us here on the blog, as well as in CLENE, as we continue promoting creativity and innovation in workplace learning and performance to the benefit of libraries and all we serve.

     

    For more information about CLENE and how to join the group, please follow this link.

     

     

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