Betha Gutsche, Program Manager, OCLC WebJunction
Dale Musselman, Operations Manager, OCLC’s WebJunction
Libraries serve as strong connectors to lifelong education in communities throughout the world. This session will reinforce the importance of modeling and supporting that pursuit through a responsive and pro-active approach to meeting staff training needs. In this interactive session, participants will co-create learning models to help library staff find a path to relevant, rapid, on-demand learning to enhance the patron and community experience in the library. Participants will work together to determine solutions to realistic problems and scenarios related to accelerating learning – they’ll also face unexpected twists and turns, with surprise rewards for their group and individual efforts.
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2015
Betha Gutsche has been contributing to continuing education for library staff for almost 9 years, primarily through OCLC’s WebJunction.org program. She has worked on defining competencies (Co-Editor of the recently updated Competency Index for the Library Field), developing curriculum, presenting and training (in-person and online) and exploring new strategies in learning. She led the development of the training curriculum for Project Compass, which helped expand the capacity of U.S. libraries to support economic recovery in their communities. She collaborated with Dale Musselman to deliver a workshop on “Moving Training from Face-to-face to Online” for the Global Libraries Training Working Group. Betha is currently working on an IMLS-funded program to build e-learning development skills and models and increase the availability of high-quality library-specific online learning.
Dale Musselman has worked in education and training for nearly 20 years and has been at OCLC since 2005. He leads WebJunction’s continuing education efforts, developing and managing online learning services and the technical platforms that support them. His work has encompassed most aspects of project and product management and instructional design. Before coming to OCLC, Dale spent 6 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the U.S. Library Program as a traveling trainer, technical support specialist and website content manager. In earlier life, Dale had a wide variety of work experiences, including teaching high school. He has a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a M. Ed. in secondary education.
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