#2 Lifelong Learning

Among libraries, lifelong learning is one of those core values by which we shelve our books. So it makes sense that before we embark on this new online learning and discovery journey that we should take a few minutes to review a few habits that can assist in creating lifelong learners.

In a slideshow,

Lori Reed, outlines the 7 & 1/2 habits of successful learners and describes a useful tool to work out what you need to learn – the Learning Contract.
Here are the habits she mentions:

Habit 1 – Begin with the end in mind
Habit 2 – Accept responsibility for your own learning
Habit 3 – View problems as challenges
Habit 4 – Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
Habit 5 – Create your own learning toolbox
Habit 6 – Use technology to your advantage
Habit 7 – Teach and mentor others
Habit 7 ½ – PLAY!


1. Watch the slideshow. (Please note, though it refers to them, there is no audio component or Learning Contract attachment.)

2. As you watch, write down which habit among the 7 & 1/2 that is easiest for you and which is hardest. You will use your personal blog (which you will set up next) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning.

Have fun! If you haven’t jumped on board yet, it’s never too late to become a lifelong learner.


23 responses to “

  1. Lifelong learning bit was pretty basic. M

  2. I agree with Meris. It was only toward the end that this tutorial seemed particularly relevant. I think that librarians in general are natural lifelong learners, so this presentation was preaching to the choir.

  3. Don’t mean to sound redundant, but I agree also! Libraries are an essential piece of lifelong learning…

    Looking forward to more 2.0 –

  4. I agree that the tutorial was basic, as stated by the others; however, the inclination to continually take on new and potentially unsuccessful endeavors really does diminish with age (I’m discovering) and I like bing remonded of how enriching it can be. (As I go to my weekly Italian class to learn a new language!)

  5. It was basic, but still good. Sometimes it’s nice to start simple so you are not immediately overwhelmed. Lifelong learning is definitely a HUGE part of libraries, and I agree with the mention above, many of us who are drawn to this profession are inclined towards lifelong learning to begin. The contract is a good idea. It helps to 0rganize your thoughts and your time. Now, to go do it!

  6. The tutorial was basic, but interesting and thought provoking. I think most of us use the 7-1/2 habits on a daily basis.

  7. The tutorial was a good jumping off point. I tend to have a goal in mind but get sidetracked by the obstacles. The contract will help to keep me going.

  8. I agree that the tutorial was a good place to begin. The 7-1/2 habits are a clear way to talk about how we approach learning new things. The contract can hopefully keep me focused.

  9. Although not a bad place to start, the tutorial was a bit simplistic but fine.

  10. I think it seemed simplistic because as librarians we are lifelong learners who, out of necessity, already incorporate these 7 1/2 habits!

  11. I like the concrete steps as a reminder for myself, and I can always recommend them to my students and school colleagues. I think the most difficult step can be coming up with a reasonable, attainable goal!

  12. I liked having to look at the habits and decide on which was the easiest and which was the hardest. It made me have to take a look at myself as a lifelong learner.

  13. I realize that I didn’t take this step seriously enough the first time that I tried to do these activities. I know time is an issue for me, so I hope that I have the tools that I need to complete this program.

  14. I agree that most librarians are lifelong learners!
    It was good to go over the steps and really tink about what my goal is for the 23 things.

  15. Hard to say something that has not been said already.but it was good to start with something that I already knew, so as not to be overwhelmed at the very beginning.

  16. habit one is hard for me. i tend to want to play, and have fun with technology with no end product or goal in mind.

  17. I love the learning toolbox. This is something that I have always found important. I am always trying to add more tools to my toolbox!

  18. It amused me that in the example of cooking, it was the woman doing the cooking for the expectant family. It looked exactly like a 1950’s tv ad with updated hair and clothes. But all in all, this was good. I have learned over the past few years to listen to what seems obvious and see what more I can milk it for.

  19. I liked the tutorial, and think that the easiest thing for me is play…I love being able to play around on the computer, and often lose track of time that way. The hardest thing is to be an effective learner…I can get side tracked, or get overwhelmed at how much there is to do and think that “it’ll never happen”. I liked the idea of the contract though as a form of accountability.

  20. Not the worst training video, and not the best. I am looking forward to trying the 23 things and hopefully becomming more tech savy.

  21. Lifelong learning is practically the definition of my life. It is curiosity, following your nose, looking around and taking stock. Fear of failure is the biggest block to learning. As we age failure reveals itself as an integral part of any success and loses some of its destructive power.

  22. The video was a nice reminder ….. I look at my Mom as my shining example as an achiever she is always saying that we are all life-long learners… we should look for new skills, insights, and ideas. When you stop learning, you stop growing… so keep pedaling.

  23. Feel like I’ve just learned that electricity exists or something, am joining 23 Things so late, but I concur with the “simple but relevant” assessment of those who commented already–also that these rules may seem obvious to those in our field. The survival of our profession hinges on our willingness to grow, change and adapt as the world does. Teaching and mentoring come naturally. Fear and lack of confidence are formidable roadblocks, but it’s even worse to be left behind.

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