Library training that I’d like to attend

6 Jul

I was thinking today about the sort of library training that is offered each year; and the sort of library training I would LIKE to go to. They are usually mutually exclusive at the moment.

So what do you think about the below? Do you know of any courses that match my needs?

What would you add?


  • How to justify to your manager traveling to other libraries
  • Statistics: how to make them say what you want them too
  • Effectively communicating with library customers through social media
  • LIbrary Risk and how to increase it
  • Challenging yourself and your colleagues to improve user experience
  • ROI – evidence based decision making for customer experience
  • Implementing change to keep your organisation nimble
  • Meetings – when do they help, when do they hinder?
  • Strategic planning and it’s relationship to implementation plans
  • Vendor speak: the art of low expectations
  • Encouraging creativity in a team
  • Letting go: annual review of library services
  • Nothing ventured? An annual workshop on new library initiatives that didn’t work out as planned, but someone tried them anyway because they were current
  • Customer feedback sessions and how to run them with your mouth shut
  • Mentoring in a time of cutbacks
  • Managing Up : what you can gain
  • How to hide things in tender contracts


  • Learning how to apply for funding for new fad toys
  • Talking on any topic without preparation
  • Talking
  • Continuous Change – just for the fun of it
  • Multitasking (also known as Variety for the Easily Distracted)
  • Keeping yourself laughing in a library
  • Mentoring for the real library world
  • Dress for Success: when to wear open toed shoes, pearls and lycra (With help from @malbooth)

10 Responses to “Library training that I’d like to attend”

  1. Kate Freedman (@katejf) July 6, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Also- How to distract others without really trying (or passing on the art of procrastination)

    • Ruth Baxter July 6, 2011 at 3:40 am #

      Are you saying you’d like to go to that, or that is one I am qualified to teach 🙂

  2. Hoi July 6, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    I’d like to attend a meeting on the upside of beans counting, also, some tips to deal with angry/drunk customers without hurting ourselves…

  3. snail July 6, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    Love it! Where do I sign up?

    • Ruth Baxter July 6, 2011 at 3:41 am #

      I’ll let you know when I open my new career in lucrative library consulting.

  4. Suelibrarian July 6, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    May have to pinch these as session suggestions for the unconference

  5. flexnib July 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    These are SUPERB! When I saw the title of your post, I thought that they would all be facetious. Well, even if there is a dash of facetiousness in here, they are still superb 🙂

  6. justgirlwithshoes July 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Fabulous list!
    I’d like to add a couple:
    The 2nd part of “◦Meetings – when do they help, when do they hinder?” is “When a decision is a decision”.
    And with the tender training – “How to recognise a bad decision and not let it become a legacy system”

    perhaps we should run these training sessions as satellite events at conferences!

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