Bring Learning to All Library Staff: Scaling and Sustaining Professional Development Content
By Kendra Morgan and Sharon Streams
You may be thinking of developing content to use as professional development (PD) for staff in your organization, or perhaps you have been awarded a grant that includes developing learning content for a specific audience. This “content” could be in the form of a course, a webinar, a tool kit, or a combination of items that are intended to impart knowledge, build skills, or support a learning community of practitioners. In any of those cases, there are ways to design and deliver the material so that many more can learn from it. With some advance planning and strategic partnerships, you can reach a statewide, national, or multinational audience that can benefit from the learning opportunity you have created.
This chapter describes how WebJunction—a program of OCLC Research that offers a free and open online learning network for those who work in or with libraries—supports the scalability and sustainability of PD. Readers will also get tips for how to make PD as accessible and affordable to as many learners as possible.
Morgan, Kendra, and Sharon Streams. 2020. “Bring Learning to All Library Staff: Scaling and Sustaining Professional Development Content.” In Leading Professional Development: Growing Librarians for the Digital Age, edited by Mary H. Moen and Sarah A. Buchanan, chap. 6, 78-100. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, ABC-CLIO, LLC.