Oh, Staff Day. What an interesting time of the year! Each year, both of my libraries (public) hold staff renewal days in which we go to trainings, they roll out new information/campaigns, and fun break-out sessions.
Last week, I attended part of one of my two staff days. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the entire day because I had to go to work at my other job! What I was able to attend though, was fun and full of tons of information.
This staff day was for my smaller district so they are able to host it locally at one of the 3 library branches. They rotate them each year and luckily this year’s was at my branch, which was very convenient because who doesn’t want to be at their own branch?
The basic breakdown of the day is as follows:
- Registration/check-in, flu shots (for free!), and breakfast
- All staff Picture (there’s about 100 staff)
- Director’s address to the district
- Staff Longevity awards (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years)
- Customer Service Training (2 hours)
- Staff Roundtables
- Breakout session 1
- Breakout session 2
I was only able to be there until lunch, which means I was there for the customer service training. Whenever I hear that I have to sit through yet another customer service training, I can honestly tell you I don’t get excited. But I have to say, this one was actually pretty fun! The presenter made it very interactive for us and even gave us free candy and stress balls. So she definitely earns extra points with me for that.
I am sad I missed what we call the staff roundtables though. Each year they break the staff up into a bunch of small groups, put us in a room with an outside consultant, and let us openly discuss any issues we see in the districts and ways we can potentially solve those issues.
Overall, the time I spent there was good and worth it. If you have any staff days coming up, I hope you enjoy them too! I’ll be attending my second library’s staff day on October 14th so I know the feeling of anticipating it still coming up.
Does your library host staff days? What do they do for yours? Let us know in the comments!