Tonight I gave a one hour seminar at one of our libraries – an introduction to an online service, which I have been using for years. The aim of the seminar was to give people some tips and tricks to help them to get the best use of the service.
I have run other seminars on this topic and on many others, for library users, based on nothing more than many years experience using the service, whatever it is.
What never ceases to amaze me is the willingness of people to share. I have come away from pretty much all of these, having learned many things from the experience of others, even as they are hopefully learning from me.
I don’t think any one of these people would get up and teach a seminar like we had tonight, which is a pity as I am sure they have much more to share with others.
Can we do more things like this? Absolutely. In an organised manner? Not so sure. We are keen to develop partnerships in our community, but the problem is in finding people who have this knowledge to share, recognise that they can contribute in this (or other forums) and are happy to work with us to do so. Libraries are good partners – we have facilities, reach and an open and interested audience.
Its an interesting challenge and something to think about.