One-Shot Workshops

I have to be honest. I don’t remember that much from my one-shot workshop or anyone else’s, frankly. This isn’t a reflection on their workshops or mine, but simply a reflection of my state of mind following three days that involved a conference presentation, a job interview, and a preparation-intensive workshop. By the time Monday night rolled around, my powers of concentration were completely shot.

Things I particularly enjoyed:

  • Chatting with people about library stuff
  • Making an e-book advocacy poster
  • Behaving like a college freshman (I was just trying to make it realistic for you, Mary and Ashley!)

Observations and tips for the future:

  • 20 minutes is really not a very long time, especially when you make them interactive.
  • There is never enough time to say everything you want to say.
  • Check the settings on your Google Docs before passing around the URL.
  • Also, check that your tinyurl goes to the correct Doc with the correct permissions.

Good work everyone!

4 thoughts on “One-Shot Workshops

  1. Naomi says:

    I like your point about “chatting with people about library stuff.”

    I wonder, how is “professional development” worked into typical libraries outside of conferences? It could be fun to have monthly “one shots” for coworkers on ways to expand their skills and talk about their experiences.

    • Tyson says:

      This is something I wonder about too. I worry that I won’t have the opportunity to do the sorts of things in my career that I had the opportunity to do at SI because everyone will be so busy with “actual work.” Taking time to think about why you do what you do is really important in a profession!

      • linguomancer says:

        Maybe this is where those webinars come in that we’re talking about this week. The one I watched was aimed at librarians, and it looked like a ton of them on the wiki list were also professional development sort of topics. I mean, it would also be nice to actually interact with your coworkers for this kind of thing, but it’s a start.

    • Miss Masura says:

      great thought, naomi! one thing that i liked about this set of workshops is that it was more of a meeting with peers instead of a dreaded PD meeting where some “expert” comes in to tell you how to do your job. this was just everyone we already know talking about what interested them.

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