As the trainer for the Salt Lake City Public Library system, I love conferences. They are a great place to learn, grow and meet new friends. One dilemma I always face though, is how do you transfer what you learned at the conference into daily practice? And how can you share the information gained across the organization? At SLCPL my solution has been to encourage our staff to present a “spark talk.” A spark talk is a short (4-6 minute) recorded presentation summarizing one great session they attended. The spark talk helps the presenter gain a deeper understanding of the topic, because it requires that they spend time reviewing their notes and further researching the topic. In addition to sharing knowledge with colleagues, the videos also serve as a call to action to anyone else at the library with interests in the topic. But why describe Spark Talks when I can just share examples? Here are two that cover some of the great session from this year’s conference.
Shout out to Michael Cox, Spring Lavallee and Salvador Oregon who were the original presenters of Allied at the Library at the ULA conference and also to Dory Cochran and Alex Sundt who presented Book a Librarian 2.0. Thanks to all of you for inspiring us!