Keeping Up with Professional Tools

So, in case any readers of this blog don’t know it, being a librarian, and being a library director—heck, just working at a library, is hard work.  (Contrary to what you may have read.) It is hard to keep up with everything new you would like to (or everything you need to.)  We tend to call this professional development.

Sometimes you can try “do it yourself” professional development.  In 2006, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County started a program called 23 Things, (“a discovery learning program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies and reward them for doing 23 Things.”)  Since then, there have been other similar programs based on the same idea, such as this one.  Though not being “officially run” for 2013, the content remains available so you can work through it at your own pace.  The project home page also includes lists of online courses and learning opportunities.

If you give it a try, please let me know if you find it helpful.  I’m also interested in other learning opportunities you find.

December 4/31 Wire

December 4/31 Wire (Photo credit: Flооd)

 

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