Due to re-organization within the Library, Committee members were not
appointed and meetings did not commence until January 1997. The
following, represents activities accomplished by the Committee over a
period of eight months.
In order to equip staff with skills and knowledge to meet
- facilitated information sessions presented by Peter Clinton for all
library staff "Delivery of Scholarly Electronic Journals to the
- provided 12 introductory/hands-on training sessions on Electronic
Journals. Approximately 140 staff participated.
- established six Electronic Reference Resource Groups to develop
electronic reference expertise. Approximately sixty staff
participating. Presentations and documentation produced by groups
planned for wider audience in future.
- Provided two sessions on HTML in connection with creation of
departmental web sites as part of preparation for library orientation
programme for staff. Twenty-four staff participated.
- established a Staff Development Listserver-questions/answers from
library staff relating to technology. Moderated by Staff Development
- reviewed and evaluated "Internet guide" in connection with provision
of on-line tutorials as learning resource.
- as part of programme to increase training resources and provide
opportunities to acquire teaching/training skills - twelve staff
attended one-day session on Presentation Skills provided by Human
- in collaboration with Human Resources, surveyed training/development
needs of library managers/supervisors.
- initiated meeting with key staff members from Information Commons
with purpose of exchanging information on activities/services in order
to enhance service to users.
- Provided six orientation sessions for Assistant and Graduate
Assistant Library Technicians.
- participated in ARL survey on Staff Training and Development
Focus for 1997-1998
Continue to assess, monitor and anticipate training/development needs
and offer timely, relevant opportunities for staff to equip themselves
with skills and knowledge necessary to meet demands of changing
- continue to provide programmes/opportunities which will equip staff
with skills/knowledge to meet technological demands.
- implement training/development programmes identified in Needs
Assessment of library managers/supervisors.
- conduct skills inventory/needs assessment of union/non-supervisory
- create a Staff Development web site in order to inform staff of
training/development programmes, activities, opportunities, on-line
resources and links to related activities.
- continue to promote development of "in-house" training/teaching
skills by provision of appropriate programmes and activities.
- provide staff with opportunities to develop public service skills
e.g. programme on future of public service.
- repeat successful programmes as appropriate, such as "Presentation
- provide programmes on Health and Safety for all library staff in
accordance with current legislation.
- provide workshop on Disabilities Awareness
- provide information/resources for library staff to enable them to
obtain advice on career paths and strategies.