Growth of a Librarian

User Training
July 14, 2011, 3:11 pm
Filed under: CPD, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

Not a specifically cpd23 related post here, but I’ve been spending more time working on my dissertation this week and felt like all that library-related work should at least get a mention in my library blog!

I’m researching user training needs at a law library for my dissertation, and am finding this difficult for a number of reasons.  1) I have no legal background 2) I have minimal British background so am confused by apparent basics like the difference between a barrister and a solicitor 3) I am somewhat intimidated by my placement organization, as it seems so impossible that I can contribute anything of value to such an impressive, large, historic organization 4) it happens to be the organization’s slow season in terms of user traffic and 5) the organization is short-staffed, so I’m trying not to take up too much of anyone’s already overtaxed time.

All this means the learning curve has been even steeper than I expected, but I suppose the trade-off is that somehow if I manage to pull it together and actually do a decent job it’ll be a huge professional confidence boost!  I’ve got to ask though, does everyone feel this overwhelmed when starting work on their dissertation??

There is also a secondary motive for blogging about my dissertation here – I’m hoping some of you fellow cpd’ers out there might be able to help me out.  It would be really useful for my research to know if your library offers any training to its users?  How is the training structured?  And importantly, does it seem to make a difference?


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