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Thursday, June 10 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Assessing Needs in a Multi-faceted Organization

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"Our Staff need this!"  "I need to learn about..." and " What we really need to be trained on is..." These are loaded and exciting statements about staff learning & development. Helping staff learn in any organization is challenging. A Library has many diverse staff, clients, and needs. Staff have a challenge when it comes to properly serving the community. Library leaders and supervisors have a challenge to ensure their staff are trained, meet various employment standards and have skills to grow and change to meet the future needs of the community they serve.

Halifax Public Libraries has undergone a major strategic review which included conducting an Organizational Training Needs Assessment. This significant study will inform how library staff are trained at HPL in the future.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Training Needs Assessment process, the major components of the study and how it informed the Training Strategy for the Halifax Public Libraries. Join Pam as she shares the discoveries, and the strategies from this experience for you to use in your situation in a dynamic and interactive way. 

Learning outcomes for the workshop - By the end of the workshop participants will:
  • Understand what a Needs Assessment is in relation to training programs
  • Review the Needs Assessment process at Halifax Public Libraries
  • Have two different tools to use in assessing their organization and training needs
  • Be able to apply some of the findings from the Halifax Public Libraries in their organization
  • Discuss training needs in their organization with other participants in the workshop
  • Have discussed their training & development challenges with other participants in an open discussion.
  • Construct a brief outline to develop a Needs Assessment in their organization.

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Pam Tracz

Manager Learning & Development, Halifax Public Libraries
Pam Tracz (M.A. Ed.) is the Learning & Development Manager for the Halifax Public Libraries where she has been working with staff to develop their skills for the last 2.5 years. She brings a wealth of experience in the area of learning and skills development. Pam has helped people... Read More →

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Trecia Schell

Past President, Atlantic Provinces Library Association
Managing Branch Librarian for River John, Stellarton and Trenton Public Libraries, and Books-by-Mail.Services to Adults & Older Adults, Programming, Public RelationsCommunity Outreach (in Pictou County)..

Thursday June 10, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am ADT
Stream: Cortland