Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Ready, Set, Go… Build Your Learning Organization

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 103 AB

The next generation of libraries takes risks and fosters leaders of change at all levels. Building a culture of learning is the critical link that drives innovation and engagement. Pickering (ON) Public Library shares their success story of becoming a learning organization. In this session, participants will obtain practical tools and collaboratively discuss top strategies to assist library leaders in transforming their libraries into learning organizations.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Share experiences and discuss with peers what it means to be a learning organization (or a learning library) 2: Examine and come away with a tool kit of practical learning organization activities that can be used to help their library become a learning organization 3: Identify and develop learning culture strategies that are suited to their individual workplaces

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2   Download 3  

Track: Play

Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Human Resources, Leadership, Organizational Change


Tanya Sinclair, Deputy CEO/Director of HR
Pickering Public Library , Pickering , ON

Tanya Sinclair is the Deputy CEO/Director of HR at Pickering Public Library in Ontario, Canada. She has over a decade of experience working in libraries, combined with 20 years in the Human Resources field. Tanya is passionate about learning and is always looking for news ways to engage staff. Her article "Building a Learning Organization in a Public Library" was recently published in the Journal of Library Administration.

Sabrina Yung, Manager of Community Engagement
Pickering Public Library , Pickering , ON

Sabrina Yung is the Manager of Community Engagement at Pickering Public Library in Ontario, Canada. With an education background as a secondary school educator combined with over 15 years of recreation management expertise, Sabrina is an advocate for literacy and access to learning for all ages.

Christy Harper, Manager of Technology Services
Pickering Public Library , Pickering , ON

Christy Harper is the Manager of Technology Services at Pickering Public Library in Ontario, Canada. She has worked in various management roles for the last five years and is a technology enthusiast. Christy has a passion for learning and was instrumental in piloting a mobile "library without walls" with the introduction of the Pickering Public Library Connect Vehicle and wi-fi hotspot lending program.

Elaine Knox, Client Services Specialist
Pickering Public Library , Pickering , ON

Elaine Knox is currently the Youth Client Service Specialist at the Pickering Public Library, has completed her education at Ryerson University, attaining a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Elaine is passionate about implementation and execution of new and relevant youth projects and initiatives. She takes a very serious stance on being a mentor to the next generation of individuals, and believes learning happens at all levels, at every stage of life.

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