Guide on the Side - ASTD, Awesome Sites for Trainers and Others Who Develop StaffBy Marie Wallace, Published on April 1, 1999
Marie Wallace has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in 1951 in academia with the University of California and transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world until her 1995 retirement from O'Melveny & Myers. She is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional life, Marie has been a guiding force in the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Practising Law Institute's programs for law librarians and Teaching Legal Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL).
Today, Marie has commenced on a new path she terms "Life in Progress," which enables her to pursue a diversity of interests as a master swimmer, law librarian, trainer, storyboarder and designer of wearable art. She continues to be a dynamic speaker and prolific writer on such topics as private law library management, presentations and training. She is a member of Toastmasters Internationaland is active with the American Society for Training Development (ASTD) and in continuing education for private law librarians. She devotes her "free" time to various non-profit and civic activities. Always open to new ideas, Marie can be reached at: [email protected]
|Full time trainers and professional human resource
professionals are familiar with and most likely members of ASTD, The American Society for
Training and Development. (http://www.astd.org)
Professionals in other fields, who are involved in workplace training and professional
development on an occasional basis, may not know about ASTD but should. ASTD offers a
multidisciplinary approach and can help them train better and quicker.
What is ASTD? It is a non-profit professional association "delivering performance in a changing world." Founded in 1944, ASTD provides leadership to individuals, organizations and society to achieve work related competency, performance and fulfillment. Today it has about 45,000 members distributed in 150 chapters in all 50 states.
Most of the training and performance issues facing the legal community are ones that ASTD members has researched, worked with and can coach in summary, plain English fashion. ASTD tailors information to several levels: executive (broad vision), senior management (analysis), and middle management (application and delivery) on a variety of timely topics such as:
How can I avail myself of ASTD resources if I am not a member?
ASTD research indicates that first time trainers usually default to the classroom face-to-face technology when designing training. But classroom training, although still predominate, is actually on the decline. ASTD can help you actively incorporate a potpourri of electronic technologies to deliver your training programs:
The training paradigm is quite different from the one for teaching, although there are similarities. Legal professionals tend to revert to the teaching model used in higher education when they design on-the-job training. Eventually they discover this does not get the results anticipated. If you share expertise with ASTD, you can avoid wasteful, trial-and-error learning experiences. Training experts can help you to: