Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers

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Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers. By Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 176p. paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1082-5).

Understanding how to accomplish a task is best learned by visiting with and learning from experienced individuals. Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli use the knowledge and experiences of their colleagues as the foundation for their handbook on how best to conduct staff training and development within various library settings as well as in nonprofit organizations in general. Both authors have served as training professionals in public libraries, and much of this book's substance stems from their own experiences in managing the seemingly endless array of training functions happening in libraries across the country.

As financial resources become tighter, some of the traditional ongoing staff training and development opportunities have to be redesigned. In some cases, even the task of coordinating such offerings is being transferred to staff members who may not have experience in designing effective learning opportunities for their colleagues. The authors have designed their handbook to provide a natural progression of course development from, as they put it, "in the beginning" to "learning from success and failure." Other topics include how to train effective trainers and how to manage the explosion of online resources now available on demand for staff who may be confined by geographic location or other factors that prevent them for attending the more traditional face-to-face training workshop. …

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