Cooperative Staff Development

Getting More Bang for Your Buck!
Amy Bond
Lonesome Pine Regional Library

Kelly R. McBride
Russell County Public Library

Cooperative Staff Development 
    

1-day staff development workshop 2-3 speakers Lunch for all participants 10 public library systems participated Over 100 library staff attended Held Columbus Day in October (most libraries closed)

Planning 
 

3-5 hours of planning Delegation Trust

First Annual Wild Turk Staff Day

Budget 
  

$100 / library $10 / person for lunch $25 / library in kind ?? / library travel costs equals $1000 speaker fees & tchotchkes (mugs) 10 raffle gifts  

Budget 
  

$100 / library $10 / person for lunch $25 / library in kind ?? / library travel costs equals $1000 speaker fees & tchotchkes (mugs) 10 raffle gifts 

Russell Co. PL $100 Participation fee $100 (10 staff x $10) $ 25 Raffle gift $225 subtotal $100 Travel (est.) $325 TOTAL
$32.50 / person-lunch & full day 

Tchotchkes

Staff Day 2002 @ EHC

Evaluations!

Feedback«Year 2002
What Worked Well 


What Did NOT Work Well 
  

Getting together with staff from other libraries Personal/Professional development speakers very well-received

Lunch was time set aside for staff to gather by type of library work Color coding name tags by type of library work was Too subtle Post lunch presenter ³boring´ (soft spoken & not dynamic) Crowded space, poor temperature control, no a.m. COFFEE

What We Learned 
  

After lunch program must be lively Snacks are a necessity Give staff more time to talk with peers in their area of the library AND just interact with their peers Some people will not be happy regardless

Second Annual Wild Turk Staff Day 

10 libraries 
 

1 city 4 regionals 6 counties

Second Annual Wild Turk Staff Day 
 

  

10:00 Welcome 10:15 Bridging Gaps: How to Speak and Listen Effectively 11:00 Breakout Groups 12:30 Lunch 1:30 Personality Colors in the Work Place 3:00 Evaluation

Planning ± Year 2 
      

Food (Lunch) Drinks/Refreshments Discussion Groups Registration Door Prizes Freebies Agenda Evaluation

Budget 
 

No participation fee Single speaker fee absorbed by one partner $2515 total (facility expenses and note cube promotional gifts ) 

    

Lunch $5.95 per person Note cubes $2.20 each $25 / library in kind 2 - 3 bags of candy Travel to site Average library cost $10 - $19 per attendee

Evaluations - How Well Did We Do?

Feedback«Year 2003
What Worked Well 
  

Getting together with staff from other libraries Upbeat, interactive afternoon program Breakout discussions positive overall Less expensive second time around

What Did NOT Work Well 
  

Morning speaker did not engage library audience Accessibility issues Public services discussions too broad Evaluation time chaotic and rushed

What We Learned 
     

Costs not prohibitive due to planning, sharing Build on the informal mood Have upbeat, engaging speakers and programs Provide programs concrete to everyday library experiences Less direction and more peer interaction Give staff more time to talk with peers in their library area Give staff more time to just interact with others

Future Planning 
     

Include staff in planning committee Alternate years Choose speakers carefully Provide more choices and time for small group discussions Take more pictures Document the planning and execution Maybe «. t-shirts

Benefits 
    

Staff development in a relaxed and low-cost environment Morale booster Area-wide connections with others doing same work Provides a center of focus on the things we have in common More than just training Investment in better service for the future

Additional Resources 

PLA 2004 Staff Development in Rural and Small Public Libraries

Susan Hill ± Paulding County Carnegie Library
www.pauldingcountylibrary.org

Additional Resources 
Omaha Public Library Staff Day 2004.
Nebraska Library Association Quarterly 35 no. 2 14-15 Summer 2004. 



Staff Development Day.
OLA Quarterly 5 no. 4 14-15 Winter 2000.

Staff Development Days at the Athens Regional Library System.
Georgia Library Quarterly 37 no. 2 15-16 Summer 2000.

Contact Information
Amy Bond
abond@lprlibrary.org

Kelly McBride
kmcbride@russell.lib.va.us

Our Staff, Our Libraries
³So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.´
Kurt Vonnegut In These Times 8/6/2004

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