Teaching Skills for Library Staff

Thursday 22nd February 2018 – Leicester Creative Business Depot 9.45 – 4.30 

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 – 2.30                 Delivering your teaching

2.30 – 3.00                 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 along 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.

About the venue

The Leicester Creative Business Depot is situated at 31 Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1RE www.lcbdepot.co.uk a short walk from the railway station.

Public car parking is available nearby. Please see the LCB website pages Contact us/Find us for details of concessionary charges for LCB users: http://www.lcbdepot.co.uk/contact-us

Learning On-Line with LIEM

Opportunities to experience a virtual classroom – have the benefits of face to face training, without the travel and cost!

Choose from the following titles….each session is tailored for libraries and information staff.

Get more done: prioritising & planning 

 ‘Saying no nicely’ and other assertiveness techniques

 GROW your coaching skills

 Select with confidence: competency based interviewing

Numbers are limited to 6 per session so everyone gets involved and the training kept relevant.

All you need to join is a computer and audio. Your facilitator, Diana Edmonds, will guide you through.

As virtual classroom is a new and different way of learning, our offer is to encourage more people to ‘give it a try’.

Each participant will receive a free workbook with invaluable reference material.

To express your interest in one or more of the virtual classroom sessions please  email Carol at training@liem.org.uk 

Your facilitator, Diana Edmonds, of Bridgford Consultancy, is accredited as an on-line facilitator by the Learning & Performance Institute.

Membership of LIEM costs £150 for Public Library Authorities and £10 for all other LIS organisations. To discuss membership please contact Robert Clayton on treasurer@liem.org.uk


Motivate, Learn, Lead

A cross-sectoral leadership programme for middle managers in the East Midlands

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 in the East Midlands 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 with an introductory half day session, which will take place from November 2017       to March 2017.  A further half day review session may be held in autumn 2018.


 The programme aims to bring together staff from different sectors in the East Midlands 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 considerable 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 near mainline rail stations and on bus routes and will be around the East Midlands region.  Although venues have been booked changes may be made to reflect the needs bases of participants.


Introductory  half day session Tuesday 14th November 2017

Nottinghamshire Archives

12.30 – 4.30
Module 1 Leading people through change Thursday 7th December 2017

Newark Library

9.30 – 4.45
Module 2

Team development

Monday 8th January 2018

Loughborough Library

9.30 – 4.45
Module 3 Motivating team members Monday 5th February 2018

West Bridgford Library

9.30 – 4.45
Module 4 Partnership and Advocacy Friday 23rd March 2018

Derby Hospital or Nottinghamshire Archives

9.30 – 4.45
Review Session September 2018 To be agreed with participants Half day
Coffee/ tea will be available from 9.15 on each full day and lunch will be provided.


 The programme is heavily subsidised by LIEM and the cost per participant will be £350 for LIEM member organisations and £450 for non-members. Member organisations will get priority over 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

Participants must be able to attend all sessions.


 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 Wednesday 18th October 2017.

All applications will be acknowledged and the offer of a place on the   programme will be confirmed by 1 November 2017 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 the Steering Group via Carol Brooks, LIEM Training Co-ordinator on 07970 188079 or at training@liem.org.uk.


Training and development programme

Virtual Classroom – access the benefits of face to face training, without the travel and cost!

Get more done: Prioritising & Planning (New date 14/6/17 16.00-17.30 – only 1 place left)

GROW your coaching skills (3 different times to choose from on 12/14 June 2017)

Each on-line session offers a short, sharp learning experience which is visual and creative. Feedback from the taster sessions has been overwhelmingly positive

Our on-line events are facilitated by Diana Edmonds of Bridgford Consultancy who is accredited as an online facilitator by the Learning & Performance Institute. If you’re not familiar with virtual classroom it’s a great opportunity to experience it. Diana will guide you through the session.

To join in, you simply need a computer and audio.

As an introductory offer, until the end of July 2017, a one and a half hour training session is just £50 for members (£70 for non-members).

Payment can be by invoice if your organisation is paying or by PayPal if you wish to pay as an individual.  Please indicate in your e-mail which payment method you will be using.

For a place on one of the virtual classroom sessions please email Carol at training@liem.org.uk. Your place will be reserved for up to 48 hours and confirmed on receipt of payment.

There’s a maximum of 6 places per session.

Get more done: prioritising & planning

1.5 hours interactive on-line learning event

Wednesday 14th June: 16.00 – 17.30

Useful for anyone who’s sensing they have too much to do and too little time.

This punchy online session shares a method for prioritising work with tips and techniques for organising around your priorities. We touch on procrastination, or ways of avoiding procrastination!

Whilst training can never be a magic formula, it’s an opportunity to step back and consider what you’re aiming to achieve and the most straight-forward way of achieving the essentials.

Please register for one of the sessions by emailing Carol at training@liem.org.uk.

If you are available for more than one of the sessions, please let Carol know as she can offer places according to availability.

GROW your Coaching Skills for Libraries

1.5 hours interactive on-line learning event

Session A      Monday 12 June: 12.30 – 14.00

Session B       Monday 12 June: 18.00 – 19.30

Session C       Wednesday 14 June: 10.00 – 11.30

Every day we have opportunities to coach. A team member approaches you with a problem, a colleague has a new challenge, you’d like someone to use their initiative or rectify a mistake.

Coaching really can be done ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’.

This lively session reminds us what makes a timely and useful coaching session, balancing support and challenge.

You will learn the GROW technique to structure your coaching conversation. Greatly valued by experienced coaches.

Please register for one of the sessions by emailing Carol at training@liem.org.uk.

If you are available for more than one of the sessions, please let Carol know as she can offer places according to availability


And finally, “watch this space” ……


Select with confidence – competency-based interviewing

1.5 hours interactive on-line learning event

This event is likely to be scheduled for July 2017