Developing Soft Skills and Gaining Hands-On Experience
Similar to past Library Collective gatherings, there were plenty of opportunities to reflect on professional soft skills and gain hands-on experience.
In Navigating the Labyrinth of Feedback, Emily Frigo and Ashley Rosener (Grand Valley State University) offered an in-depth workshop on developing strategies for giving/receiving feedback. The session offered valuable recommendations for active/empathetic listening, developing assertive communication and how to approach questioning without eliciting defensiveness.
A session on using escape room programming to promote / build / assess information literacy and advanced search skills provided advice and practical recommendations for designing and assessing escape room games. Kathy also attended a session on creating an escape room in Special Collections and Archives at Mars Hill University that focused on advanced research skills and sources. We even had the chance to develop one of our own on the Iran-Contra Affair!
In addition to a button-making boot camp, there were plenty of opportunities to design, create buttons in an opening session activity and in the Tinker Lab.
A team from the Salt Lake City, Utah area led a workshop called Book Works Petting Zoo where participants could make our own junk journals and meander accordion books, and received instructions for how to make other kinds of books, too. (Craig would be so proud.) They discussed how they have used “junk journal” in community writing classes, because it encourages people to just put anything down without worrying how “pretty” or “perfect” it is. It’s truly for just getting your ideas down on paper.