Consider what a difference these three “small measures” would make in our organizations.
- Using Research: A read an article recently in the New York Times about a seven-minute workout that apparently offers incredible benefit according to research. I mentioned it to the young guy (24 years old) who works with me as a trainer. He has a degree in human kinetics. His response: “Yes, it was developed by researchers at McMaster University. They reported the results in a journal of research in sports medicine. You need to repeat it a few times for best results though.” Now, get this: “We start each staff meeting with the best research we have been reading and someone brought it up last week.” Imagine if every meeting of librarians started that way.
- Learning at Lunch: A high school principal told me how impressed she was to be invited to a lunch meeting at the local police station. Apparently every Tuesday, the police officers organize a speaker with lunch. They have been doing this for years. Imagine if librarians organized their own staff development using outside speakers each week at lunch-time.
- Reading and Doing: A corporate librarian told me how he had to keep up to date and read journal articles and books because the CEO made the rounds once a week and would randomly ask professional staff what they had been reading recently and what they should learn from it to do their jobs better.
These are not my experiences or observations.
I hope that they might be yours. They cost no money.
They “simply” indicate a desire to keep learning, to current and to use evidence to make a difference.