It’s the beginning of a new year. That means it’s time to make (or break) resolutions for self-improvement in the new year. Often our resolutions revolve around health issues such as losing weight or exercising more. Personally, I’m planning on sleeping more. These are all excellent goals. This year, you may also want to focus on your professional health. One of the many ways to develop professionally is to read.
Michigan State University Extension offers the Professional Development Library – a collection of not only books but also CDs, DVDs, audio tapes and video tapes on a wide range of topics such as leadership, evaluation, program planning, team building, collaboration, conflict management, communication skills, professionalism and career development, and diversity and multiculturalism.
Click on http://web2.canr.msu.edu/leadnet/order/index.cfm and search by category, topic, title, author or media type. The system is simple. Just fill out a form and the item will be mailed to you. You will be reminded to renew or return the item at the end of the month. What could be easier?
At this link you can find a list of new acquisitions as well as annotated lists of resources on transitioning through change, virtual teams and online collaboration, personal/professional life harmony, nonprofit boards and leadership, and books on CD. And while we’re on this subject, I wonder if we can develop a virtual library, one that would allow individuals from anywhere in the state to check out an electronic version of a book or journal on their e-reader. I know public libraries are doing this, but need to discover where MSU’s libraries are in this new frontier.