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Making Library Staff Training & Development Matter

One of the best parts of my job is finding and scheduling great webinars. When people ask how I choose topics or develop new ideas, I answer honestly:...

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Improving Library Reference Services

In their research, Christina Holm and Sarah Kantor point out that, if you’re an academic librarian, you’ve probably heard some version of the phrase “...

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Information Literacy & Fighting Fake News

The first time I read the Stanford History Education Group’s 2016 article on evaluating information, I was shocked. The digital evaluation skills of s...

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Building Efficacy and Empowerment Among Staff with Microlearning

What do we mean by “microlearning”? It’s learning that is consumed in small bite-sized chunks, usually in an online context. It is usually self-direct...

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Library Staff Development Ideas,Training, & Trends for 2023

I t’s a dangerous business, predicting the future. Without predicting any specific events, though, it’s a good practice to look at broad trends with c...

Meet the Niche Academy Founders

A couple of weeks ago, I got the pleasure of interviewing the "founding fathers" of Niche Academy. When I sat down to prepare for the interview I felt...

Library Education

Niche Academy's Role in Improving Accessibility

This week, Computers in Libraries published an article I collaborated on with Sonya Shryer Norris (aka, The Plum Librarian). The article reports the r...

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Ifirst learned to speak Spanish when I was 4. I lived in Bogota Colombia at the time where my dad worked for the U.S. State Department. We left Colomb...

Organizational Health

How well do you receive feedback?

Feedback — in all of its forms — is critical to helping people identify their strengths and weaknesses. Delivered correctly, it can help foster profes...

Organizational Health

The benefits of a growth mindset

Do you believe that your skills, intelligence and abilities can be developed over time? Or do you believe that your talents are mostly fixed, meaning ...