Title

Library Staff Development: How Book Clubs Can Be More Effective (and Less Expensive) than Traditional Trainings

Keywords

Adult education, book clubs, leadership development, professional development, staff training

Abstract

Employee book clubs are simple, inexpensive tools for professional development that may be more effective than traditional training methods. Library staff at Brigham Young University participated in professional development book clubs, and they reported that they found these trainings to be more enjoyable than classroom-style trainings and more effective in helping them understand, retain, and apply the principles learned. This article will discuss the success of these book clubs and suggest ways that other libraries can implement cost-effective book clubs to develop professional and leadership skills.

Original Publication Citation

Smith, S. D., & Galbraith, Q. (2011). Library staff development: How book clubs can be more effective (and less expensive) than traditional trainings. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 18(2-3), 170-182. doi: 10.1080/10691316.2011.577700.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-06-14

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

University Standing at Time of Publication

Staff/Researcher

Share

COinS