professional development

Year-long Public Innovation Training Opportunity

Continuing the collaboration between The Harwood Institute and the American Library Association on The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, a three-day Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab designed especially for libraries kicks off a year of coaching and webinar support. The three-day immersion in the Harwood practice, October 28–30, 2013, at the District of Columbia Public Library Martin Luther King Jr.

Free Space Science Professional Development Opportunities

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites public library staff who facilitate programs for children and tweens in select states to join us for FREE NASA-supported professional development trainings through our Explore program, which is designed to help you bring earth and space science to your communities through fun and engaging hands-on activities. The two-day trainings feature hands-on activities developed for for children ages eight to thirteen and their families, and rely on inexpensive, fun materials.

Learn How to Build Community Connections through Civic Reflection

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO) will present a day-and-a-half preconference during the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The preconference, titled “Civic Reflection Builds Community Connections: A Program Model for Libraries,” which will be held from 1–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, and from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, is aimed at library directors, department heads, and senior staff from public, academic, and special libraries.

A Community at War

The Civil War, that is. This March, the Trumbull (Conn.) Library will hold its third annual “One Book One Town” event. This year’s book is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, “an extraordinary novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War … a magnificent love story and a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home …” The library will be offering a variety of programs for all ages, and the book also dovetails nicely with Civil War Sesquicentennial–related programming.

Programming Programs at PLA

Being a programming librarian is hard work, but this year at the 2012 PLA National Conference in Philadelphia, you can learn a variety of new ways to offer your community outstanding and engaging programs. For those of you fortunate enough to attend this year, here is a list of PLA programs may want to fit into your schedule:

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 8:15–9:30 a.m.

Launch Your Library into Space Science!

We invite you to participate in the Countdown to Curiosity and the launch of the latest mission to Mars on November 22–25 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront and the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This free, NASA-supported experience includes a two-day workshop, a VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center, and front row seats at the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity.

Join Us at ACRL

ACRL’s award-winning national conference is coming up quickly. If you’re heading to Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and say hi to us in booth #548. Programming Librarian will be demonstrating some of our newest website features and offering information on some upcoming program grant opportunities from ALA.

Of course, we’ll also be taking some time to attend some of ACRL’s excellent programming. Here are a few paper presentations and programs we’re looking forward to:

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium

Want to attend the Public Library Association’s Spring Symposium, but are unable to travel due to time or budget? How about attending virtually on March 30, 2011? Moderated by Meg (Canada) Knodl, the PLA Virtual Spring Syposium is a full day of public library education that will offer eight education programs across four program tracks; Technology and Youth Services tracks will run simultaneously in the morning, while Administration/Leadership and Adult Services tracks will run in the afternoon.

Learn to Lead a Productive Discussion

The art of discussion facilitation will be the topic of a day-and-a-half institute presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, held January 6 and 7 at the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Adam Davis, director of trainings and publications for the Project on Civic Reflection, will present essential tools that will empower attendees to facilitate a broad range of discussions in their library, including public programs, forum discussions, book groups, and more.


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