Workplace Leadership and Learning

Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers
By Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli

Congratulations to my good friends Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli on the publication of their new book: Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers, published by ALA Editions.

I am honored to have been interviewed for the book, and humbled to be in the company of the other distinguished interviewees including:

  • Helene Blowers, Director of Digital Strategy, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library
  • Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer, Harford County Library
  • Janet Hildebrand, Library Human Resources Manager, Contra Costa County Library
  • Jason Puckett, Communication Librarian at Georgia State University Library
  • Sandra Smith, Learning and Development Manager at Denver Public Library
  • Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education for the Georgia Public Library Service
  • Catherine Vaughn, Continuing Education Coordinator, Lee County Library System
  • Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc, Denver, CO
  • Louise Whitaker, Coordinator Training & Staff Development, Pioneer Library System

I’ve read through the book twice, and I’m sure I’ll be going back to it again and again.  The book is a must have for anyone doing training and staff development.  But at heart I think the book is a primer on leadership, which happens to overlay neatly with the skills and mindset required to be an effective teacher/facilitator.  Strategic thinking, listening,  big-picture thinking, partnering, engaging and empowering others– these are the themes that emerge and re-emerge in conversations throughout the book.  I highly recommend it!