Teaching Skills for Library Staff

Do you deliver sessions on information literacy?  Want ideas to make it more effective and interesting?  This session is for you.

A one-day course on Teaching Skills for Library Staff, run by Chris Powis, will be held on Thursday 15th November 2018 at the Leicester Creative Business Depot from 9.45 am to 4.30 pm.

The course which aims to build on participants’ current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres, offers stimulating discussion and an excellent opportunity to share experiences.   If you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

Practical tips for teaching library users will be set within a theoretical framework of teaching and learning.

Places are now available and early booking is strongly recommended.

Please complete the booking form to reserve a place and return to LIEM by email: training@liem.org.uk.

Cost for participants from LIEM member organisations is £70.00 (£90.00 for non-members) and includes lunch and refreshments.


To enable participants to understand theories of teaching and learning and to map these on to their own experience of teaching.

To provide participants with strategies to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate their teaching activities.


At the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Be able to relate theories of teaching and learning to their experiences of teaching
  • Be able to plan a teaching and learning event
  • Be able to match appropriate teaching methods to learning needs
  • Have strategies to assess the effectiveness of their teaching
  • Have strategies to evaluate their teaching
Provisional outline programme for the day

 9.45 – 10.00               Coffee and registration

 10.00 – 10.10             Welcome and Introductions

10.10 – 11.30             The nature of teaching and learning

11.30 – 12.30             Planning your teaching

12.30 – 1.30               Lunch

1.30 – 3.00                Delivering & assessing your teaching

3.00 – 3.20                 Tea

3.20 – 3.50                When things go wrong!

3.50 – 4.00                Getting feedback on your teaching

4.00 – 4.15                Final Plenary

About the facilitator

 Chris Powis is Head of Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton.

Chris is a National Teaching Fellow and wrote this programme with Jo Webb. He has delivered this programme to a wide range of audiences across the UK, Hungary, Slovakia and Finland. Chris and Jo wrote Teaching Information Skills: Theory and Practice, published by Facet in 2004 and 101 Tips for Information Literacy Teaching (with Helen Blanchett), published in November 2011 by Facet. 

Training Survey 2018

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What training would you like LIEM to deliver over the next two years?  We would love you to complete our survey and tell us what subjects you would like to see us put onto our programme.  Anyone can participate – all levels of staff and regardless of whether the organisation is a LIEM organisation or not.  The survey is quite short and should only take a few minutes to complete.

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Forthcoming programmes: October 2018 – February 2019

Motivate, Learn, Lead – applications are now open for the 13th Middle Manager Leadership Programme provided by LIEM

Creating Exciting & Memorable Training – a new course designed to help you to help your learners on any training gain the maximum benefit from any type of training you are delivering

Teaching Skills for Library Staff – a return of a regular favourite designed to help you effectively deliver Literacy Information sessions in your libraries

Teen Dream – a brand new experience sharing event  with plenary speakers to help you to keep teenagers within your service reading.


Developing Exciting and Memorable Training

Do you fear how little your learners actually remember?

Do you want to pass on information and knowledge effectively?

Do you know how to gauge the learning style of each of your learners?

If so this workshop is for you.

This is a one day workshop to help people identify what makes training enjoyable, memorable and something that people can take back into their workplaces and use with confidence.

Every individual learns differently but if we’re going to have them all in one room on training courses we need to understand them and be skilled in finding innovative and varied ways to deliver training and engage people in learning.

The workshop will cover:

  • Using presentation tools effectively – no more death by PowerPoint!
  • Understanding how people learn
  • Developing ‘brain friendly’ exercises that help people learn and retain learning most   effectively
  • Managing challenging learners

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Understand how different people learn
  • Have some clarity about how best to use PowerPoint
  • Have developed techniques for identifying engaging exercises and activities
  • Have investigated techniques to manage changing agendas and challenging participants

The workshop includes a pre-work questionnaire on Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and a commitment to review the learning and how it can be implemented for six months following the event.

Facilitator: Carol Brooks

Derby Conference Centre – Tuesday 16th October 2018 – 0915 – 1630

Costs: £100 (LIEM Member); £120 (non LIEM Member)

About the facilitator

Carol Brooks is a learning specialist who runs Chrysalis Development and is a ‘Brain Friendly’ Trainer. She has facilitated this workshop on a number of occasions with some superb feedback. A Fellow of CILIP she has worked with libraries for over 40 years.

Feedback from January 2018

“Thank you for organising such a pleasant and informative day. It was very nice to have a chance to share ideas and experiences with a very pleasant bunch of colleagues working in similar fields, to and to learn a lot of new information that is not only interesting theoretically but also of immediate practical application.”

“A really fun, interesting day which I enjoyed very much, both for its content which was thought provoking and gave me some excellent ideas to take away and try with my students, but also in terms of the networking and chance to share ideas with colleagues working in related areas to my own. The trainer was very engaging and warm. A very worthwhile experience.”

“I found the session was very useful and different than any other training I’ve had. I took with me lots of ideas to be implemented in my sessions and some are quite easy to implement.”

“I’ve just finished a week block of teaching using the new skills you taught me, and the results were outstanding.

I tried as hard as I could – with the time available – to appeal to as many styles as possible.

And here is the amazing thing: when I’ve taught block before [5 consecutive days] although they enjoy day 1 – it is tiring and by the end of day 2 they want to kill you and it gets progressively worse as the week progresses.

BUT last week, having enjoyed day 1 – Monday they came back on Tuesday full of beans and were still buzzing on Wednesday afternoon.

I’ve never had an experience like it in the 10 years I’ve been teaching.

I can’t thank you enough, not just for me, but for helping my students get more out of their studies.”

About the venue

The Derby Conference Centre is easy to access by car, rail and bus. http://thederbyconferencecentre.com/

To book go to http://www.liemhttps://www.liem.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Teaching-Skills-Application-form-Nov-2018.docx               complete the form and return it to training@inspire.org.uk

For any further information contact Carol on training@inspire.org.uk


Motivate, Learn, Lead 2018-2019

Motivate, Learn, Lead
A cross-sectoral leadership programme for LIS middle managers

Libraries and Information East Midlands is once again offering an opportunity to develop leadership and influencing skills and to network with library, information and archives colleagues through its Motivate, Learn, Lead cross-sectoral leadership programme.

Twelve places are available on the programme which is specifically designed for practitioners at middle management level. There are four one-day modules which will take place from November 2018 to March 2019. A half day review session will be held in autumn 2019. As part of the package, a virtual classroom session is offered between modules 2 & 3.


The programme aims to bring together staff from different LIS sectors to develop their personal leadership and influencing skills and to enhance understanding and networking across the sectors. 

Specific objectives are to:
  • Build personal confidence to provide leadership during times of change
  • Create a better understanding of self and the impact of one’s own leadership style and behaviours
  • Develop skills to motivate and influence team members, colleagues and partners during challenging times
  • Know how to empower, coach and develop team members and colleagues to achieve results
  • Use creative approaches to encourage fresh thinking and service improvements
  • Develop partnership and advocacy skills in the libraries context, supporting the cross sectoral agenda

The programme will be facilitated by Diana Edmonds of Bridgford Consultancy. Bridgford Consultancy works with organisations – in the public, private, and not- for-profit sectors – to develop leadership, team-working and customer service.

Diana has experience of delivering development programmes for library, information and archive services colleagues on many occasions. She is passionate about the importance of people development in achieving organisational success.

The emphasis will be on personal learning and the development of skills and a variety of training methods will be used including questionnaires, discussions, small and large group activities, presentations, team coaching and more. Whilst stretching and challenging course participants, Diana makes a point of adapting to the group, helping people feel at ease and importantly, ensuring they enjoy the programme!


The sessions will be held in a variety of library venues to allow participants to see different services. All venues will be in Nottingham near mainline rail stations and on bus routes. Although venues have been booked, changes may be made to reflect the needs of participants.

Module 1

Leading people through change

Thursday 6th December 2018

Beeston Library

9.30 – 4.45
Module 2

Team development &    influencing stakeholders

Thursday 10th January 2019

West Bridgford Library

9.30 – 4.45  
Virtual Classroom

Conflict and collaboration

Late January 2019 2 hours at own workplace  
Module 3

Enabling others

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Nottinghamshire Archives

9.30 – 4.45  
Module 4

Partnership and Advocacy

Monday 25th March 2019

West Bridgford Library

9.30 – 4.45  
Review Session September 2019 to be agreed with participants Half day  
Coffee/ tea will be available from 9.15 on each full day and lunch will be provided except at the Review Session.

Cost:The programme is heavily subsidised by LIEM and the cost per participant will be £400 for LIEM member organisations and £600 for non-members. Member organisations will receive priority for places.


All participants will meet the following criteria:

  • Have experience of leading people and/or services either through line management or project work
  • See themselves as future leaders
  • Be employed in library, information or archives work in the East Midlands
  • Have the commitment and ability to put their learning into practice
  • Be willing to commit time to pre and post module work through reading and sharing information/experiences with other participants
  • Have commitment to attend all sessions
  • Have the support of their manager and be able to identify someone who will act as their mentor.

Participants must be able to attend all sessions.


for application form go to www.liem.org.uk/training

Please complete the application form including an endorsement from an appropriate, named, senior manager which shows how you will be given support before, during and after the programme.

Applications must reach:

LIEM by email attachment, to training@liem.org.uk by Friday 12th October 2018.

All applications will be acknowledged and the offer of a place on the   programme will be confirmed by 1 November 2018 after consideration by the Steering Group. Please keep all the dates clear until that date.

If you would like any further information about the programme please contact Carol Brooks, LIEM Training Coordinator training@liem.org.uk or 07970 188079.  

Motivate, Learn, Lead 2018-2019

The 13th Motivate course will run from December 2018 to September 2019 with spaces for 12 participants.
One participant from last year got promotion following the course and said of her interview: “I went armed with all the benefit of all the training, and in particular the Change Management stuff, and have no doubt that it helped a great deal (both in being able to answer questions and because I’d utilised it and had examples based on the theory).”
This is the power of the course – a really practical way to develop your management skills.
The course is aimed at middle management level for managers of teams or services.  Run over four full days and with a two hour webinar in the middle, the course is both intensive and fun.  At the end, for the Review session, participants will work in teams to present their learning on their chosen subjects.

Motivate 2017-18 will finish with a Review Session in September when they will present what they have learnt to the Training Team of LIEM.

This is a course which greats great reviews and has helped many people over the years to move onwards and upwards in their careers.

If you, or someone you know, wants to take part in this uniquely cross sectoral development, then click below to get more information and the applications form.  Come and join the 144 others who have enjoyed and grown through attending Motivate.

Motivate Learn Lead programme flyer 2018                    Motivate application form 2018-2019

Presentation Skills for Library Professionals

The amazing Ned Potter is due to return to the East Midlands to share his knowledge on making presentations exciting and memorable. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what really makes a presentation work for you – whether it is for training, to convey a new idea, to share reports and statistics or to enliven your social media pages.

The event is being held at DeMontfort University on Thursday 19th July 9.30-4.30. Full details below.

Costs including refreshments and lunch: £130 for LIEM members; £170 for non-members.

This is a hands-on course, exploring in detail what it means to create brilliant presentations. There is a blend of ideas, examples, and hands-on time, that gets everyone up to speed on what truly matters with presenting in a Library context.
The morning session covers the golden rules of creating presentations (all based on peer-reviewed research), finding amazing images without breaking copyright laws or spending any money, and creating PowerPoint Presentations in three different styles. The three styles vary in complexity and flexibility so you can choose which to use for a given presentation.
The afternoon introduces alternatives to PowerPoint such as a Kahoot (an interactive quiz tool) and Prezi (a zooming presentation tool), covers when and when not to use these, and how to use them most effectively. The final section of the day centres around researching presentations, delivering talks and teaching, and conquering nerves.
This course is for staff at all levels who are involved in training, presenting and communicating any aspect of the IT, library and information service It will be invaluable to any professional keen to improve engagement with users.  Book using this form

Feedback from previous versions of this course:
“I would definitely offer it to other colleagues as I feel the techniques covered are ones that could be practically incorporated into working practice i.e. they’re not just a gimmick to do once to show you’ve attended the workshop, but something that you can build in to your presentations to continue that search for best practice and therefore better experience for attendees – whether they’re students, staff, or members of the public.”

“Fantastic course, wonderful trainer. One of the best training sessions I have ever been on! Presentation and pace was perfect with plenty of time to try things out.”

“I found this session very useful indeed and will be using all the tips to help improve my presentation skills. For me it was the perfect balance of information, activity, and experimentation. Hugely enjoyable, when are you coming back?”

“Ned is an expert and an engaging speaker. Very supportive atmosphere for learning. I’ve looked at Ned’s material online but it was great to have him explain it. Very, very relevant and a big help in my day-to-day work. Thank you Ned!”

Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisations including the Bodleian and the British Library. His book The Library Marketing Toolkit was published by Facet in 2012. Ned can be found online at ned-potter.com and on Twitter at @ned_potter.

Latest training opportunities announced

The latest list of training courses has just been released and is available in our newsletter.  We are excited to be running the Art of Influence and Conflict Resolution by Diana Edmonds again in June.  Ned Potter is coming back in July to do his amazing presentation skills course – definitely not one to miss!  Then in October we are laying on a new course on how to ensure you deliver really exciting, fun and memorable training when you deliver training yourselves.  November will see the return of Teaching Skills for Library Staff and in February we are having an exchange of experience session with great speakers to look at how we can better engage young people in reading.

Finally in this batch there will, of course, be a further Motivate, Learn, Lead programme for middle managers and aspiring leaders.  The 12th programme is almost complete and we will release the information for applications to the 13th programme in June.

So much to look forward to and we look forward to seeing everyone who attends.  Come along and enjoy learning really relevant and exciting new skills.

If you have any queries please contact Carol training@liem.org.uk