Learning & Development LX

Monday 24th June
Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University
Bookings now open! 


Staff learning and development is key to a thriving and forward looking library service, but resources and time are in short supply in the current challenging climate. It is too easy for learning and development to fall to the bottom of the list when resources are in short supply.

Northern Collaboration are hosting an event at Newcastle University to share good practice and how your library makes sure learning and development is still very much on the agenda. We hope the day will encourage sharing of experience around what works at your institution, what your major issues or problems are, and how we could work together to fill some gaps in knowledge and practice.

Talking to local institutions in the North East, we have identified the following common issues which we may want to spend some time on during the day:


  • Learning and development for 24/7 teams, part time staff,  staff on changing work patterns – how do we make sure these categories of staff feel included in L&D activities?

  • Digital skills – how do we ensure that staff have the necessary skills and the confidence to confidently support users?

  • How does your library record the training carried out by staff? Do you use a database or system? What levels of training do you record? Does recording include an element of reflection and action planning?

  • Skills for the future – mind-sets and skills – how is your library planning for this?

  • Coaching and mentoring – are you including coaching in your management of staff and in particular in self-directed learning?

  • How can we work together collaboratively to achieve some of these goals? What are the challenges and opportunities we can see and work with?


We would like to include some quick (5-10 minutes) ‘Show and Tell’ sessions to give institutions a chance to share something they have been working on in a staff development area. We would also welcome topics for longer presentations. In addition, we will be looking for people to lead or facilitate discussions on some of the issues listed above, or any relevant topic.

If you are interested in contributing to any of the above, please e-mail Paula Fitzpatrick (paula.fitzpatrick@newcastle.ac.uk). Please indicate if your presentation or session would be a short ‘show and tell’ or a longer session/discussion. If you could give a brief outline of your topic, that would be very much appreciated.