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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 . 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 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 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 is up and running but currently under construction. We are also still using our original website So, pardon our dust while we get our “house” in order. And stay tuned for some very exciting developments with the Learning Round Table.


    There’s a great online social bookmarking service that recently came to my attention ( that the CLENE community (and all interested in staff development and training) can use to share bookmarks of interest with each other

    diigo logo

    diigo logo

    Playing around today, I set up a CLENERT group at: and added a few of my own bookmarks.

    Diigo has many nice features including:

    • RSS feed for new content (
    • Ability to comment on and discuss bookmarks
    • Automatic caching of bookmarked pages!
    • Ability to view new bookmarks as a slideshow (great for those of us who are visual)
    • Browser based bookmarklet (which allows highlighting, commenting AND virtual sticky notes–so you can annotate those bookmarks!!)

    If you want to try it, simply go to, click join and add a few bookmarks.  I highly recommend adding the “diigolet” bookmarklet to your browser toolbar–it makes bookmarking and annotating a snap!!  If fact, Pandia Search Engine News just listed it as #1 among the top 5 bookmarking tools.

    There are many more possibilities here… I think Diigo lends itself beautifully to collaborative working/learning projects.   So, whaddya all think?

    Here’s a 4 minute intro video:

    (If video doesn’t play, go to:

    CLENE and Webjunction are co-sponsoring a great Webinar on Thursday, December 11, 11 a.m. PST, (1;00 CST, 2 p.m. EST): Learning for Learning Professionals: Competencies, Strategies and Resources.


    PRESENTERS: Mary Ross, CLENERT Board member and former manager of staff development at the Seattle Public Library, will lead the discussion. She will be joined by Betha Gutsche, curriculum designer for e-learning initiatives at WebJunction, and Jennifer Homer, vice president of external relations for the American Society of Training and Development.


    As trainers, continuing education coordinators and staff development managers, we believe in lifelong learning. We are committed to helping library employees improve their skills and build successful careers. As cheerleaders for organizational and individual learning, do we sometimes lose sight of our own learning? What are we doing to invest in ourselves? What are the competencies that we will need as we lead our libraries in future skill development and employee learning?

    To celebrate Employee Learning Week, join us for an exploration of current and future competencies for learning professionals working in libraries. We will look at strategies for our own development and the resources available to help us pursue them.

    ASTD’s Employee Learning Week, December 8-12, features champions, who successfully connect staff learning with achieving results. For more information, go to:

    Mary Ross, CLENERT Board member and former manager of staff development at the Seattle Public Library, will lead the discussion. She will be joined by Betha Gutsche, curriculum designer for e-learning initiatives at WebJunction, and Jennifer Homer, vice president of external relations for the American Society of Training and Development.

    This hour-long webinar is co-sponsored by WebJunction and  ALA’s Continuing Library Education Network and Round Table (CLENERT).

    Register here:

    (Here I go again—blogging about another WebJunction event. Can I help it if there’s some cool stuff shakin’ at WJ?)

    If you’ve presented, facilitated, or produced a live, online training session or webinar, you have a sense of how many variables are involved. It’s a juggling act with virtual balls. The really successful trainers make it look easy and seamless.

    WebJunction has partnered with InSync Training to offer the Synchronous Learning Expert certificate series to help you master seamless and smooth online facilitation, as well as design of online training and the opportunity to create your own capstone e-design project. The great advantage of taking this course through WebJunction is being in a cohort with other library staff with similar interests AND having the new WJ collaborative learning space to maximize your online learning experience.

    As a prerequisite to the SLE courses, WJ is offering a FREE one hour introductory course, Learn How to Learn Online. There are two offerings of this course currently scheduled:

    • Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern
    • Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern

    To enroll in either offering, visit

    Questions? Email

    My ALA experience was so packed with meetings this year that I only got to one session— Professional Development Around the World. This one was a high priority for me, combining my deep interest in how libraries operate around the world and my interest in lifelong learning for library staff.

    Through the admirable efforts of organizations like Read Global, Lubuto, and others, developing countries are tasting the fruits of what a library can do for their communities. But providing the buildings and the materials is only the first step toward assuring enduring, quality service.

    I would ask any library worker who frets about continuing education in our system to stop and think about the enormity of having to start from absolute scratch. The Read Global program in Nepal offers 21-day seminars for library staff that begin with a module on “what is a library?” before moving on to the more technical subjects of cataloging, book repair, or reference. The program also includes training for the villagers on how to use a library and for community leaders on how to steward the library. Oh, the things we take for granted.

    A group of this year’s Emerging Leaders undertook to provide access to free, online professional development opportunities through its IRRT Free Links project. Using a wiki in combination with feeds, the group aggregated an impressive array of links to free online technology resources that “will help international librarians stay current with library information and trends in the United States and elsewhere.” Since most of the resources are in English, this list is just as useful for training needs here in North America. I only wonder if the group will ever open up the wiki permissions to allow others to add resources.

    Another perspective from the opposite side of the globe resonated more with the training challenges we face here. Dr. Gillian Hallam, from very developed, even cutting-edge Australia, posed the provocative question, “Professional development: whose responsibility is it?” The answer is that responsibility is shared: managers, trainers, and professional associations all play a role, but it is the individual who has the “obligation to yourself to keep up-to-date, develop new skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure you have a successful and rewarding career.” The Australian Library and Information Association has implemented a 3-year professional development scheme with an accompanying career development kit to facilitate learning. So far, the voluntary participation is running at about 8%. Makes me wonder what the motivation/participation ratio would look like between library staff in developing versus developed countries.

    If you haven’t ever tried mind mapping tools, you may be surprised at how valuable they are in helping people learn.

    My first introduction to the technique was over 20 years ago at a presentation by David Thornburg, author of Unlocking Personal Creativity: A Course in Idea Mapping. In those days we used paper and color pencils to be creative.

    One of the exercises I currently use in teaching Effective Time Management for Library Staff online for Infopeople involves mind mapping. The goal of the exercise is to create a life map, i.e. a visual recap of the roles one plays in life. Below is my most recent life map. I designed it using Inspiration software. There is a free 30 day trial download available for both Macintosh and Window users.


    Here’s another mind map I also did using Inspiration for one of my courses; I loved having such a wide variety of shapes, colors and graphics. This map recaps a concept from Many Moons by James Thurber—that each of us has a unique perception of what exists. If you missed the book when you were young, be sure to look for it at your local library.


    If this quick look didn’t give you enough of a flavor of the technique, I suggest you look at the Mindmapping in 8 Easy Steps tutorial by Joyce Wycoff, author of Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving.

    And for those of you willing to try a free web 2.o mind mapping tool, there is Bubbl. Below is a simple example I did as a very simple introduction to Bubbl for my time management course participants.


    Free always gets my attention. The eLearning guild is offering this holiday gift in the form of a downloadable pdf of 162 Tips and Tricks for
    Working with e-Learning Tools
    . (Thanks to The Pursuing Performance Blog for the link.*)

    The book is packed with ideas and best practices on a variety of tools—course-authoring, rapid e-learning, media, and simulation tools. All geared toward helping you avoid the pitfalls of exploring new territory.

    Example: tip for course development

    “When recording any audio narration, don’t record things that frequently change. For example, if you record this script: ‘The price for Product X is $19.99,’ a price change will force you to rerecord your audio. Instead, ensure you show the price onscreen, but record your script this way: ‘Here you can see the current price for Product X.'”

    Example: tip for tool selection

    “Do not look for an all-in-one tool solution. Use tools for their strengths, and combine outputs.”

    These are just two out of 162. And the price is so right.

    *btw, I found this link through my PLE. I’m discovering the difference between my feedreader and the PLE. In the feedreader, I follow a deliberate selection of blogs, intentionally limited by my capacity to absorb the influx–about 15 learning-specific blogs out of a total of 50+ feeds. By contrast, the PLE taps the vaster network of blogs, bookmarking sites, video sites, etc, on a specific topic, thus surfacing a more serendipitous array of links in small bites. The tools work nicely in tandem.

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