Growing Through Facilitation

EmpathyI was very new to the library when I attended the Omaha Public Library’s Staff Day where Sam McBane Mulford and Cheryl Gould introduced facilitation by having volunteers guide a conversation at each table.  For some reason I thought, “I can do this”.  Public speaking is not something I was comfortable with.  Although I came from a previous office where you didn’t express your thoughts or ideas even when asked, I kept thinking that this is something I could do.  I felt good about this small table facilitation. More

How the FIT Team Affected My Life

Being PresentWhen I first heard about the FIT Team at Staff Day 2013, I was immediately interested.  It was a chance to be part of a really exciting, unique opportunity and to push myself out of my comfort zone.  Other big selling points were the ideas that the library would facilitate discussions in the community and create a model for other libraries. More

I Carry Blue Painter’s Tape in My Bag

Blue Painter's TapeHow has the FIT Team experience helped you in your personal and professional life?

Ah, let me count the ways.

Personally

First, the ground rules had great influence in my life.  Second, I made some incredible personal connections through this experience.  Third, I learned things that have been useful in all aspects of my life.  Fourth, I connected with my kids through the games and activities we have done.

I previously wrote a few posts about how the ground rules became part of my personal life.  The one that has had, and continues to have, the most impact, is Everything is an Offer.  That attitude of gratitude and acceptance is very powerful.  I need to keep it in mind more often – especially as my kids become teenagers. More

Accepting Gifts

Everything is an OfferWe recently completed two days of facilitator training which involved some intense, messy, and difficult work.  Training continues to be invigorating and draining at the same time.  Since we’ll be going back for more training in a few weeks, I’d like to reflect on how facilitator training has changed me in ways I didn’t expect.

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Omaha Public Library Staff Day Agenda

Omaha Public Library Staff Day Agenda

19 April 2013

Theme – Community Engagement via OPL’s IMLS Grant
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Staff Day 2013 – Photos

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Staff Day 2013 – Suzan

Staff Day 2013 embraced the word “engagement.”   The morning presentations by the Southern Sudan Community Association and the Latino Center of the Midlands exposed the Omaha Public Library staff to the possibilities of what we might do to better serve and engage our community. More

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