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It is hard to believe we are already midway through January of 2017! The new year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plant seeds for the year ahead.

As you put those New Year's resolutions into action, be sure to check out these learning opportunities, resources, and insights from the library world.

Just Say No to Best-of Lists

There's no shortage of lists of best things from the previous year, but Infonista Kim Dority suggests focusing less on such lists and achievements and instead reflecting on what you've learned in the past year.

What Are Your 2017 Learning Resolutions? 

Brenda Hough at InfoPeople outlines a three-step process for creating a learning plan for the year ahead.

Consider taking no or low-cost library professional development courses such as those offered by InfoPeopleABLE, or one of the Library 2.0 virtual mini-conferences. Be sure to also take advantage of TechSoup's many free webinars.

Don't forget to neglect the physical side of learning! Those hours at a computer screen or running a busy library can take a toll. Luckily Jenn Carson offers Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff so you can take care of yourself as you learn and work.

Librarians and other educators also need to look at how young people learn. Adobe recently released its Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future report. Steve Hargadon interviews Tacy Trowbridge, head of Adobe's Global Education Programs about the report and offers suggestions for hosting your own learning conversation.

Information technology demands that library professionals adapt to stay relevant, but that does not mean having to master the latest technology. Michael Stephens offers suggestions for how you and your library can adopt a mindset of continuous learning regardless of where you are on the spectrum of emerging technologies.

Showcase Your Innovative Library Design

Have you recently renovated your library? Got an innovative library design you'd like to highlight? American Libraries is accepting submissions for the 2017 Library Design Showcase. Submit yours by May 31 and look for the showcase in their September/October 2017 edition.

Broadband News

Is broadband a basic service? David Lee King thinks so, and this will soon be a reality in Canada thanks to a new ruling from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Print Still Preferred

Good news for book lovers. Even with the proliferation of digital content, printed books are still the preferred reading method for most. Stephen Abram discusses the Gallup report findings on American reading trends, which looks promising for the future of the printed word. 

About the Author

Megan Keane is a TechSoup for Libraries special contributor. She is a longtime nonprofit techie, community builder, and yoga instructor turned MLIS student. She currently studies at San Jose State University School of Information and works as a project consultant for the Veterans Connect @ the Library Project. Connect with her on Twitter: @penguinasana.

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