If you are creating a workshop or training session agenda, you might occasionally need some inspiration or a specific exercise that fits the goal of your session. The library of facilitation methods was created for this purpose in SessionLab, giving you the following opportunities under one roof:
Browse hundreds of publicly available facilitation methods – add any of them your session plans
Add your own methods to your workspace's library of workshop activities, which will also be shared with the other members of your workspace
Maintain a private facilitation library as a member of someone else's workspace
What is a library method?
In summary, a library method is a block containing all the information you’d need to run the activity, which can be added directly into your sessions. The point of the library is to collect potentially useful and/or frequently used blocks for your sessions, so you can easily browse and add blocks from the library to your session plans.
Note that the structure of library blocks is identical to the structure of blocks in your sessions. This brings the benefit that you can add any block from the library to your sessions and vice versa.
Different views help you to navigate the library:
All Methods: Contains all methods you have access to, including the public and your own private ones (including your private team library as well, if you are member of a team)
My favorites: Lists all methods that you marked as favorite
Workspace libraries: You'll see the different methods saved in each of your workspaces. If you are member of more than one workspace, you'll see a different view for each of them here
IAF Methods: Library view dedicated to the Methods Database of the International Association of Facilitators.
Methods I created: Contains all methods that you’ve created both on your Personal and shared workspaces, regardless of whether they are private or public. If you want to build up your own private personal library in SessionLab, this is the view that will show all your methods.
Each library view has a dedicated address (URL), so you can save or bookmark the specific library view you want to open.