The group at T is for Training posted a challenge for the show participants to answer 27 questions about themselves. Here are my answers in hopes to give a small glimpse into who I am:
1) Your One Sentence Bio
A passionate training manager who loves teaching by day and virtual world entrepreneur and gourmet baker by night.
2) Do you blog? If yes, how did you come up with your blog name?
Yes! I am not too creative; however, I wanted to express that good training has a passionate trainer behind it. (http://trainingpassion.wordpress.com/)
3) What is your professional background?
A degreed educator who worked in telecommunications for many years before deciding that teaching is what I loved from the beginning.
4) What training do you do? staff? patrons? types of classes?
I’m responsible for patron and staff training which includes technology from Introduction classes to the Microsoft products to more advanced subjects such as Photoshop and any other training needed for staff including database and soft skills training.
5) What training do you think is most important to libraries right now
From my own personal experience with the budget issues of libraries, I believe that cross-training endeavors are important to keep service to patrons at the higher levels.
6) Where do you get your training?
I have many sources of training available to me including ASTD, our regional and state library systems, an enormous amount of web resources, and other businesses and educational institutions.
7) How do you keep up?
It helps to have a department of three that collaborates on what’s new from each of their sources including webinars, RSS feeds, news, etc. Our wonderful regional library system does a webinar every month on NEO Tech News, also.
8) What do you think are the biggest challenges libraries are facing right now?
In the State of Ohio, the number one challenge is budgets since the state funding was cut drastically last year.
9) What are biggest challenges for trainers?
For public, keeping up with demand, and for staff, getting employees in front of the training.
10) What exciting things are you doing training wise?
For public training, we are integrating Office 2007 classes, looking at adding a video editing class, and potentially adding webinar classes; for staff, implementing a large cross training endeavor and changing over to Office 2007 sometime this year.
11) What do you wish were you doing?
Preparing to go to Computers in Libraries (all out of state travel was eliminated this year).
12) What would you do with a badger?
Nothing… hope it moves on.
13) What’s your favorite food?
Southern fried chicken… yum; however, since I started eating right, I rarely indulge.
14) If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you want to have with you?
A computer with access to the Internet which would keep me entertained, learning and in touch with the world.
15) Do you know what happens when a grasshopper kicks all the seeds out of a pickle?
He keels over from exhaustion?
16) Post it notes or the back of your hand?
Post it notes
17) Windows or Mac?
18) Talk about one training moment you’d like to forget?
It involved a patron, so I do not think I should write about it. But, it does give us a laughable tale now.
19) What’s your take on handshakes?
They are still common courtesy when meeting someone.
20) Global warming: yes or no
21) How did you get into this line of work?
I got caught up in the 3rd or 4th layoff at the telecommunications company, and decided that it was time to go back to what I love to do – teach. The library had an opening for a trainer, and I’ve been here ever since.
22) What is the best part of your job?
The “ah-ha” moments and the appreciation behind them.
23) Why should someone else follow in your shoes?
Because teaching is a very personally rewarding job.
24) Sushi or hamburger?
25) LSW or ALA?
26) What one person in the world do you want to have lunch with and why?
I know it is not work related, but right now the person that comes to mind is Martha Stewart. I would love to chat about how she built her company and about cooking and baking.
27) What cell phone do you have and why?
I have an old flip phone because I have not found the courage to spend the money on a Droid yet.
Responses from some of the rest of the group:
Nicole Engard – The T is for Training Challenge
Polly-Alida Farrington – The T is for Training Challenge
Bobbi Newman – T is for Training Meme
Alison Miller – A T is for Training Challenge
Maurice Coleman’s Getting to Know All About Me Post
Betha Getsche - I Like Sushi & Libraries
Laura Botts – “C is for Challenge” at “T is for Training”
Heather Braum – T is for Training Challenge Meme
Jill Hurst-Wahl – Me. Coffee. Morning.
Pete Bromberg’s 23 things (minus 3): A getting to know ya post
Stephanie Zimmerman – A Get to Know Me Meme from TIFT
Marianne Lenox – 27 Questions (Supplemental Pictorial Essay)
Paul Signorelli – Paul’s Getting to Know Me Post
Lauren Pressley – 23 Questions with Lauren Pressley
Buffy Hamilton – 27 Questions with Buffy Hamilton
Jay Turner – 20 Questions for Just that Guy
Julie Strange – T is for Training Questionapalooza v 1.1
Beth Tribe – T is for Training Meme