Training and Development Programme

2022-2023 Programme

Re-engaging library customers
with Ash Charlton

Thursday 30th June 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Even before COVID libraries faced the dual problem of reduced funding, but also, more worryingly, reduced usage. Our readers are getting older, using online sources of information or using their time in other ways. This has lead to a decline in the use, and possibly relevance, of libraries.

There are many innovative ways in which modern libraries can make themselves relevant. In this session we will look at what these are and which situations they best suit. We will also look at ‘selling’ the new or changed services to our readers to increase usage of library services.

This interactive online workshop explores ways libraries can keep themselves relevant to today’s customers.

£35 for LIEM members, £50 for non-members.

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Managing projects in a library and information environment
with Di Edmonds

Tuesday 19th July 2022, 09:15-12:30

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In libraries, we’re constantly required to deliver on projects for change, never more so than in recent times. Many of us achieve results through a blend of intuition and learning from experience. If you wish to review how you set about this, the half day workshop provides a framework for seeing a project through from start to finish. The main focus is on project principles into practice and effectiveness of the project team, rather than on IT systems.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this virtual workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define a project and identify success factors
  • Be clear on roles and responsibilities in a project team
  • Identify the key stages in a project life-cycle
  • Know some techniques for managing each stage effectively

There will be some reading before the workshop and reference material provided after.

Participants are asked to bring a case study project to the workshop.

As this is a taster session, participants are encouraged to further research some of the tools and practise their use in relevant projects.

£75 for LIEM members, £100 for non-members.

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Creative thinking
with Alex Dalton

Wednesday 27th July 2022, 10:00-12:00

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Innovation starts with people and fresh ideas are hard to come by if we are caught up in habitual thinking and long held patterns of working. This session will encourage you to rediscover your creative self with tools, tips and tricks to help you think differently and see challenges as opportunities. You’ll learn why we lose our creative spark and discover practical ways to get it back.

Delegates will:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of creative thinking and what helps and hinders the process.
  • Get insight into the science of creativity – how our brain works and where fresh ideas come from.
  • Explore common barriers to creative thinking.
  • Experiment with a range of creative tools and techniques that help trigger creative thinking.
  • Get tips on how to develop creative thinking skills with everyday exercises.

£50 for LIEM members, £70 for non-members.

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Forthcoming topics

The following courses are in the planning stages. To be put on a list to see further information as soon as they are released contact Jo on training@liem.org.uk

Managing the imposter within: finding your TRUE self

Interactive tools for presenting and teaching

Teaching Skills for Library Staff

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