VALA2012 Session 10 Reid

VALA2012 Session 10 Reid

Opening up the playground: supporting library staff to learn through play

VALA2012 CONCURRENT SESSION 10: eM-powering Professionals
Thursday 9 February 2012, 10:30 – 11:00
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Helen Reid and Kim Tairi

Swinburne University of Technology, Vic

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Thursday, February 09, 2012, 10:30 AM AUSEDT, 25 Minutes 7 Seconds.


Technology is the backbone of our libraries. Keeping up with the pace of change in emerging technologies is the challenge. It’s time to reassess how we spread emerging technologies throughout our workplaces. The success of the “Learning 2.0” programs around the world points to informal learning as being the way forward. Staff are increasingly being told to ‘go and play’ with emerging technology. This paper will explore the barriers and enablers of informal learning in libraries. It provides real-life examples of how to overcome barriers and create an environment conducive to spreading emerging technologies.

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