American Library Association 2013 Annual Conference participation

Hope to see my library, school, and higher ed friends at the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago in two weeks. Here is the schedule for the panels and training showcase at which I will be presenting, with short descriptions of my contributions to the panels.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – LearnRT panel; Saturday, June 29th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in McCormick Place Convention Center, S102a

The Best-Laid Plans: Mistakes Experienced Trainers and Staff Development Managers Make

A dedication to helping others brings responsibility. It is easy for even the best trainers to develop blind spots, especially if they develop routines that rarely are questioned or evaluated. In olden days, stale teachers would mimeograph the same curricula over decades. Today, longtime trainers and educators are at risk at falling in love with one model of education or one set of tools and resting on past successes. In my experience, it can help both new and experienced staff development specialists to reflect on what it takes to stay open and aware.

Learning Round Table Training Showcase (LearnRT), Sunday, June 30th from 1:30 to 3:30pm in McCormick Place Convention Center Hall A, Meeting Room D

Showcase of trainers and vendors, highlighting programs and products for staff training, staff development, library continuing education, and professional development.

Best Practices in Training – LearnRT panel; Monday, July 1st from 10:30am to 11:30am in McCormick Place Convention Center, S102bc

Fresh Eyes: Evaluating Training Programs

We can forget that most workplace learning happens outside of the classroom – and the training department. What questions should be asked to improve the effectiveness of staff development programs? And which sacred cows need to be put out to pasture?

What Libraries Need To Know To Help Local Businesses Succeed

We have worked for libraries since 1978 and for business start-ups longer. Although we applaud the work public libraries are doing to support business success, we have noticed an interesting disconnect. Most of our friends who work in libraries have never started or run a successful business. It is one thing to watch a relative or friend spend long hours from idea to new business and on to success or failure, but watching is different from doing it yourself. And it also makes a difference if you have been involved hands-on with different business models and in different fields and not just one enterprise.

What Libraries Need To Know To Help Local Businesses Succeed

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am Eastern Time (USA)

Fee:  $49.00. Receive a discount of $20.00 when you use the discount code SAVE20.

Photo Credit: The Library of Congress 1939. No known copyright descriptions. This is an adaptation of the original work. help people start and grow neighborhood businesses with programs on government licensing and funding, as well as workshops on research. But how many people on your staff have ever run a successful business? How can you help the self-employed professional or artisan who won’t qualify for a bank loan? What about the unemployed dreamer who needs a reality check about what it takes to open a restaurant or make money from an invention? Who in your community can offer advice that applies to current business models? Can you offer business-support services that will create new jobs in your community?

Participants will learn how to:

– Better see, hear, and understand the challenges to small business success; it is not just about filling out forms.

– Identify and target the different kinds of businesses, business models, and business owners:

– Build a team of local business owners to provide advice on relevant programming,
funding, marketing, and personnel issues.

Start Up The Music

Everybody is a teacher. Everybody is a learner. Everybody inspires everybody else. This is the underlying philosophy of Siera, the newest project from Pattern Research, Inc.

We create affordable and effective educational programs – online and face-to-face – by which working adults can learn new skills and further their careers. We also provide resources for employers, educators, consultants, and teachers who want to elicit the best from the people they support. We partner with our clients and participants to leverage knowledge and success.

My name is Pat Wagner, and I am part of a team of dedicated educators, technologists, artists, instructional designers, and subject matter specialists.

We know that everyone reading this knows more than we do about some important aspect of the work we share. That trust and respect need to be earned every day and that credentials don’t automatically confer special virtue. That online education is new enough that no one is really an expert and that dozens of different theories about education, instructional design, and online learning contradict each other. And that good will and empathy go a long way towards building effective learning environments.

The lovely shot of Hill Country wildflowers in Texas below, taken by Leif Smith, one of our founders, represents the beauty of spontaneous order, a concept that impacts our work.