Posts Tagged ‘Learning’

New year – new learning

January 4, 2010

Happy new year 2010!

Have you made any resolutions this January? Are you planning to learn something new?

In 2 weeks’ time, on 18th January 2010, 23 Things Oxford will begin.  This is an online learning scheme which takes place over 12 weeks.  Each week, you will learn new things about Web 2.0 and how libraries are using this technology.

The aim of this programme is to introduce all library staff (whatever their role) to Web 2.0 technologies – working on the principle that exposure is the first stage in learning. Over the 12 weeks, the aim is for staff to spend a little time each week working on the project, building up their own skills as well as adding to their abilities at work. It is called 23 Things because there are 23 tasks to complete.  23 Things Oxford is based on the original 23 Things program which ran at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in the USA in 2006.

This programme is open to ALL staff in Oxford libraries regardless of their position and status (full and part time).  It is a self-discovery programme which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to use their lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and tips both in person and through their blogs.  There will also be 3 drop-in sessions offered to support this programme.

For further information, including how to register, please see

The very first step in learning is simply exposure

September 29, 2009

The title of this post comes from a recent post by Helene Blowers.

Helene is the architect of the original 23 Things program, which first ran in 2006.  I am currently exploring how we might run our own version of 23 Things here at Oxford.   Helene writes about learning through self-discovery, and how children are encouraged to do this, but seldom are adults.

As I continue to develop my ideas about an Oxford 23 Things scheme, I am keeping self-discovery at the heart of the project.

Read her complete post here, and a post by Richard Wiseman about the importance of curiosity here.

I need my teachers to learn

September 8, 2009

As learners change, so do teaching methods – this goes for adults as well as kids!

Who is responsible for my CPD?

June 14, 2009

Thanks to Em (Digitalist) for her post about who is responsible for my CPD? [continuing professional development].

Here’s an extract:

It would be easy to say that the responsibility lies with staff development and leave it at that but I think it’s more complicated than this. For me there are at least two elements to continuing professional development.

The first is firmly in my own hands: it’s about engaging with the wider community, sharing and learning from each other’s experience. I do this by reading library blogs, following librarians on Twitter and keeping up to date with what seems to be an endless stream of literature on developments in education and the future of libraries.

The second relies much more on the efforts of the staff development team at my institution. They have a role to play in making my CPD possible by organising training in-house and providing funding for me to attend external events.

So ultimately I think the responsibility to engage and participate is my own and that my employer simply has a responsibility to act as a facilitator.

Read the whole post at Digitalist!

Eternal September

May 29, 2009

First day at school 1984

… or in the case of Oxford University, Eternal October!

I found out about this idea from Bobbi Newman’s recent post.  She describes Eternal September as “the idea that every fall new freshmen show up and you need to teach them the ropes, rules, guidelines, etiquette all over again”.  I would like to expand this idea to the context of staff development: we need to provide for new staff throughout the year, as people join and change roles in an organisation.

I think OULS already do a good job on this!  I am starting to think about what we can do for those who are ready to be stretched further.

The photo is of me on my first day at school, aged 6. The excitement is obvious!  I’m going to keep that flame burning well beyond library school, which brings me to another interesting post, this time from Michael Stephens.  He has just finished teaching a module called Library 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies (fantastic!) and I particularly liked his comment: never stop learningthe master’s degree is just that, not an end point for librarians’ learning.