Communications, consulting, meetings, Training

Meeting Facilitation

Do your meetings need some sprucing up?

Sometimes meetings can be too long, too boring, and not even necessary. If you need some meeting advice or even a webinar for your management team on how to conduct meetings, let me know and I’ll be happy to help!

Meetings should be productive and have a purpose. Many times staff members dread meetings and would rather do anything but attend them. My webinar session will introduce and reaffirm various components of hosting and attending meetings. We will discuss group dynamics, active listening skills, conflict management, how to create an inclusive environment, and how to communicate clear meeting guidelines, instructions, and outcomes. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss methods to avoid and what works well in their library settings.

So if you need to start the new year with new meeting skills, contact me today at curtisrogersconsulting@gmail.com.

Communications, consulting, Training

Staff Day Learning

Personality tests combined with my Effective Communication Skills webinar can make for a great staff development day!

Are you looking for a great staff development day learning tool for your library or non-profit staff members?

Here is an excellent idea for your next staff development day: arrange for each employee to take a personality test such as 16personalities or the HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised and then host my Effective Communications Skills webinar. This is a great opportunity for your library or non-profit employees to not only learn about their own personality types, but also learn about how their colleagues prefer to interact in meetings, training sessions, and even one-on-one.

My Effective Communication Skills webinar can be 60 minutes or 90 minutes. By learning some simple skills and techniques, communicating with colleagues in person or online doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. In this session, attendees will take a close look at various personality types and communication styles. The more you know about personality types and communication styles can make almost any interaction a pleasant one. Online resources will be provided and there will be opportunities for Q&A and discussion. You can also record the session for your staff to review later.

Contact me at curtisrogersconsulting@gmail.com if you’d like to discuss hosting me for your next staff development day. Happy learning!

conference, Training

The 2023 Southeast Collaborative Conference is coming soon

Apply to be a presenter by December 9 at 5pm ET

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE – MARCH 14-16, 2023

The 2023 Southeast Collaborative Online Conference is a collective effort by multiple state libraries in the southeast to offer innovative and valuable online learning experiences for library staff at all levels through a convenient online conference. The online conference is made possible in part by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the State Library of North Carolina and the South Carolina State Library.

Interested in presenting? The planning committee accepts presenter submissions until December 9 at 5pm ET. Visit the conference website to submit your presentation application today!

Communications, consulting, Training

Down the Road to Online Training

Is your library providing staff with enough online learning opportunities?

Online training is an integral part of any strategic plan. Providing educational opportunities for your library or non-profit’s employees ensures they keep up with their personal learning objectives and their skills up to date.

Do your library’s managers work on an annual personal learning plan with each staff member? If not, then check out my free template that helps managers work with staff members to figure out what skills they need to address during the coming year.

Please visit my list of online training classes and get in touch with me about scheduling one or more for your library system. These sessions can be customizable based on your library’s needs and can address specific issues your staff members may be dealing with. Through online education, your library staff members can engage, learn, and think forward to new and improved services and programs.

Communications, consulting

New Consultants Directory

A great place to find great library consultants.

Recently I was looking through my LinkedIn feed and noticed that Cordelia Anderson, a fellow library consultant, mentioned she was soon to be providing a webinar for Consultants for Libraries. I thought I was familiar with this online directory, but after I visited the site, I realized it was a new consultant directory, so I thought I’d do some more investigating.

It turns out that it’s an online directory of library consultants created and maintained by Jami Yazdani, MLIS, (Founder of Consultants for Libraries & Chief Consultant at Yazdani Consulting & Facilitation). According to the About Us section, she states, “I wanted a directory that allowed me to manage my own listing and highlight my library-specific experience and expertise. I wanted to connect with a supportive community of consultants doing similar work. And I wanted to make it easy for folks from libraries, museums, and archives to find the right consultants.” This made me really want to sign up.

I have to admit that the look and feel of the website pulled me in! I am happy to say that I’m now listed in the directory along with a growing group of like-minded colleagues who want to get their names out there to provide consulting services to libraries.

Communications, consulting, Training

Webinar Series for State Library of North Carolina

Join me for three great webinars!

If you’re in North Carolina and would like to learn more about library marketing and communication-related skills, my webinar series is for you! Feel free to join me for 1, 2, or all 3.

Each session will take place online at the comfort of your computer or mobile device and will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Wednesday, October 26 Communication Skills for Library Staff

Wednesday, November 2 Thinking Forward – Revitalizing Your Keeping Up Habits

Wednesday, November 9 Meeting Facilitation Skills for Library Staff

Check out the State Library of NC Continuing Education calendar for more information or contact Lauren Clossey at lauren.clossey@ncdcr.gov.

Training

Banned Books Week and Continuing Education

How does your library educate staff about book banning?

According to an article by Susan L. Webb, “Book banning, a form of censorship, occurs when private individuals, government officials, or organizations remove books from libraries, school reading lists, or bookstore shelves because they object to their content, ideas, or themes. Those advocating a ban complain typically that the book in question contains graphic violence, expresses disrespect for parents and family, is sexually explicit, exalts evil, lacks literary merit, is unsuitable for a particular age group, or includes offensive language.”

Banned Books Week is right around the corner and it got me thinking, how do libraries handle the staff development side of this challenging topic? I always notice many libraries post images of their Banned Books Week displays, but I don’t really recall much being done to educate staff about all the nuances surrounding book challenges and library policies regarding it.

Many libraries and statewide library organizations do a great job of offering continuing education opportunities on a wide variety of topics; however, it seems to me that there are not many training sessions that are centered around book challenges and book banning – but maybe that’s changing.

Please let me know in the comments what kinds of training your library offers for staff about book banning and book challenges or what kinds of training you think your library should provide staff on this topic. Oh, and also feel free to share your banned books week display photos too!

Communications, consulting, Training

2021-2022 Annual Update

It’s been a fun first year of retirement and consulting! What have I learned about establishing an LLC and providing library online training? A lot!

I retired on July 1, 2021, and started my consulting firm, Curtis Rogers Consulting, LLC, on July 2. I created my logo and website, got some business cards I designed using Canva, set up a Facebook page, and started posting more to LinkedIn. I later set up a Twitter account (which I’m still trying to get used to).

I found a wonderful support group of library consultants in the ALA CORE Library Consultant group that meets online every other month. I even served on a panel discussion to talk about what I do and what it’s like being a newbie.

I’ve learned about setting up a Quickbooks account, creating quotes, and sending invoices. It was no surprise that just about everyone I’ve worked with does things differently so my motto has become, “I’m easy to work with”. Whatever they need, I can figure it out. Then again, none of this is rocket surgery…

I finished up a six-year commitment as secretary of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference board and was invited to join the board of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

I’m very appreciative to the organizations that have hired me to work with them this past year and also to the ones with whom I have upcoming engagements this fall. Here is a summary of my past and upcoming presentations and webinars:

ALA CORE Interest Group Week
Library Consultants IG Panel presentation – July 2021

Georgia Public Library Services
Series of four webinars in 2022

New England Library Association
Presentation on library signage – October 2021

Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Conference presentation on marketing and
webinar on Friends group resources – March & July 2022

State Library of North Carolina
Series of three webinars in the fall of 2022

Northeast Florida Library Information Network
Series of five webinars – 2021-2022

Southeast Collaborative Conference
Presentation on library signage – March 2022

Tampa Bay Library Consortium
Presentation on communications – November 2022

WebJunction – presentation titled
Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications on January 27, 2022

If your library or non-profit organization is interested in setting up a webinar on any of the sessions I provide or if you’re interested in me working up a specific session on something you need that’s not on my list, please feel free to send me an email at curtisrogersconsulting@gmail.com. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead in year number 2!




Communications

Lack of Communication Can Lead to Low Morale

Is your library or non-profit suffering from low morale because of some communication issues? Sometimes, managers don’t communicate enough, and sometimes, staff members don’t communicate enough either. Failures in communication can be due to not understanding other types of personalities and how they perceive communication. Learning about your own personality type can also help you become a better communicator.

The more you know about your coworkers’ personality types, the more effectively you can communicate with one another. Effective communication can lead to higher morale and better project completion and outcomes.

I offer a great webinar on effective communication skills but I can also work with your team to assess personality types and help you to build more effective communication skills.

Visit my training and online learning page to learn more about the sessions I can offer and contact me today to schedule a webinar.

Training

Library Learning and Collaboration

Register today for the FREE online SE Collaborative Conference – March 15-17, 2022

I am happy to announce I will be presenting a session titled, Library Signage: The good, the bad, and the ugly, at the third annual SECC online regional conference. My session helps library staff members think critically about their current and future library signage. In this session, I show many examples of library signage and attendees discuss what makes a good sign great and what to consider changing about library signage.

The 2022 Southeast Collaborative Online Conference is a collective effort by the Georgia Public Library Service, State Library of North Carolina, South Carolina State Library, Tennessee State Library & Archives, and the Library of Virginia to offer innovative and useful online learning experiences for library staff at all levels through a convenient online conference.

This year’s conference will utilize the Whova event app to provide more convenient access to sessions and resources for attendees. Webinar recordings and presentation slides for the 2020 and 2021 conferences are available on the About page.

Special thanks to IMLS! This conference is made possible in part by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the State Library of North Carolina and South Carolina State Library. #SEcollaborativeconference