Check out these brand-new courses from Amigos Library Services

Makerspaces in the Library: How to plan for success! – October 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

Implementing a makerspace into your library’s services can be a challenging and exciting project for public, special, school and academic librarians alike. This course will utilize feedback from other successful makerspaces, and look at how makerspaces can be designed to promote library services already in place. We will also be talking about what it means to be innovative and interdisciplinary with your library’s programming. Library services should be reevaluated on a regular basis and interpreted liberally with planning your makerspace. Register today at:

Know & Go: Ransomware – October 30, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

Wanna Cry, a 2017 computer attack, is an example of ransomware. The attackers demanded $300 for every computer it infected. If the money was not paid within 7 days, all files on that computer were deleted. But what is ransomware and how does it work? More importantly, is there anything we can do to prevent it? In this session, we’ll take a few minutes to delve into the darker side of the Internet, specifically ransomware. Register today at:

Getting Started with Grant Writing – November 2, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT

In a time when budgets are shrinking, more and more libraries are turning to external funding, such as grants, to help fund special initiatives, projects, or services. If you have never written a grant proposal before, it can be a daunting task to keep track of all the required forms and documents in addition to finding a funding source. In this course, we will learn about what makes up a strong grant proposal, the typical grant review process, and how to ease into the world of grants by identifying sources for funding. Register today at:

Social Media Close-Up: LinkedIn – November 3, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT

LinkedIn, the professional social network, provides a great networking and career-building opportunity for librarians. It also allows for sharing of information, blog posts, and presentations. Join us to discover the little known features of LinkedIn. In this course, we will identify ways to utilize LinkedIn in your library and career. We will also explain how to sign up and use LinkedIn and will discuss possible privacy concerns. Register today at:

Know & Go: Thanks for Technology – November 13, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST

Get yourself in a positive mood before the holidays. In this session, we’ll discuss what types of technologies have made your personal and professional lives easier this past year. Come ready to share your favorite. Who knows? You might walk away with even more reason to be grateful for technology! Register today at:

The Tor Browser – November 14, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST

You’ve heard of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers, but have you heard of Tor? The Tor browser focuses on privacy. It blocks others from seeing the websites you go to and from seeing your physical location, and allows you to see blocked websites. Get an inside view of how this browser works, how it is different from popular browsers, and how it might help you at work or at home. Register today at:

Myers-Briggs at Work – December 1, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of many personality tests that helps you understand yourself and people around you. We will start with a quick overview of Myers-Briggs, and then start to relate it to the workplace. Understanding your MBTI, as well as those of your co-workers, can open up communications between you. Before attending this class, be sure to have your MBTI. If you don’t know it, you can take a freely-available test at If you have the MBTI for others, bring them as well. Register today at:

Know & Go: Deciphering Music Preferred Titles – December 11, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST

Catalogers, increasingly given the task of cataloging music audio recordings and scores, are brought into contact with music preferred titles (AACR2 uniform titles). This Know & Go will help catalogers to better understand these access points and the RDA instructions for formulating them. Among the topics to be covered: the purpose of preferred titles; distinctive and non-distinctive music titles; when and how to add medium of performance; numeric designation of a musical work and key to preferred titles. Register today at:

Using Trello for Project Management – December 13 – 14, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST

Trello is a freely-available, easy-to-use, web-based project management service. It can help you keep yourself organized at work, as well as at home. You can use it yourself, or with groups or teams of people. In this class, we’ll use Trello to set up basic projects, work with some of its more advanced functionality, and discuss how you might use it yourself. Register today at:

Know & Go: The Dark Web – December 18, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST

Dark Web has the star quality and luster of a Hollywood movie, but in reality, it is a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. The more “google’ized” we have become as investigators and researchers, the less we understand what is going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this world. This class will introduce the dark web and channels that are used to institute private sales and exchanges. Our class will explore dark web channels for content, learn some of the specialized search engines to attempt searching in this venue, and learn the lingo of this underworld. Register today at:

You can view our entire course schedule at:


Fall Library Juice Academy Courses

Most of the classes listed below are four weeks in length, with a price of $175.

Registrations accepted through the first week of class (unless enrollment is full, and unless it was canceled before it started due to low enrollment).

Classes are taught asynchronously, so participants can do the work as their schedules allow.

Details on these courses are at

October (registration open through this week)

Art Librarianship
Tatum Preston

Grant Proposal Development for Libraries
Grace Agnew

Growing, Developing, and Retaining Dynamic Staff
Deborah Schmidle

Humanities Librarianship in a Digital Age
John Russell

Working with Library Service Design Tools
Joe J. Marquez

Metadata for Data Resources
Catelynne Sahadath

Creating Online Exhibits with Omeka
Alison Lewis

Embedded Librarianship in Online Courses
Mimi O’Malley

Techniques for Student Engagement in Library Instruction
Kristin Ziska

Introducing BIBFRAME: Moving Bibliographic Data into the Future
Rebecca Guenther

Introduction to RDF and the Semantic Web
Robert Chavez

Introduction to JSON and Structured Data
Robert Chavez


Caring for Collections
Beth Knazook

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Rebecca Blakiston

Exploring Librarianship through Critical Reflection
Rick Stoddart

Beyond the Basics: Cataloging DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Streaming Videos
Natalie Hall

Telling Your Story: Successful Marketing Strategies for Librarians
Deborah Schmidle

Introduction to Knowledge Management Systems for Libraries
Valerie Forrestal

Introduction to Design Thinking
Carli Spina

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers and Interns
Tatum Preston

Academic Library Budgets 101
Tracey Leger-Hornby

Informal Learning in the Academic Library
Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski

RDFa1.1 (RDFa and RDFa Lite) and RSS
Robert Chavez

Online Instructional Design and Delivery
Mimi O’Malley

New Directions in Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices
Andrea Baer

Some fun facts about Library Juice Academy:
Since starting in October of 2012, we have taught 482 classes to students located in 54 different countries. After discontinuing a number of courses, we currently have over 100 on the books, approximately half to two thirds of which are scheduled for teaching over the next six months.

While academic programs focus on conceptual understanding of foundations, we focus on the kinds of skills that library schools generally expect librarians to learn on-the-job, but which usually turn out to require additional study. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. (916) 905-0291
Fax (916) 415-5446

Graphic Design for Librarians –

Online Workshop for Librarians and Staff (No Prior Art Background Required)
Fun, Relaxed, Informative! Recommended by Librarians. Learn where to locate the tools and programs that make your job easier.

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Graphic Design for Librarians –
Online Workshop for Librarians and Staff (No Prior Art Background Required) Fun, Relaxed, Informative! Recommended by Librarians. Learn where to locate the tools and …

See what graphic design projects other librarians are creating.

Enroll through the first week of the workshop. Class starts July 10. Join us in this popular class by enrolling through July 17th. Open to all. Approved for 12 TLEUs (Indiana State Library
Unit 1 opens the first week, access at your convenience and interact with other participants and the instructor on the forum, read the lecture, and watch the videos. Unit 1 will remain open throughout the 4 weeks, Unit 2 opens the second week, etc. There will be an additional 2 weeks to catch up if you have to miss a week.

Librarians are often asked to communicate or speak a visual language. The Graphic Design for Librarians class gives you the rules and tools for making that challenge not only possible but fun.

The four week class gives you an opportunity to network and share ideas with others who are actively engaged in what you are doing. No prior art experience is needed or required to learn simple guidelines for making those graphic design tasks easier and more effective-no matter the project.
Ignite your creative spark while learning basic skills needed to produce practical projects with the hardware and software you probably already have on your computer or can easily access online.

What are librarians who have taken the workshops saying about the class?

I found the section on fonts particularly informative. . .The information on fonts was most helpful.
I learned that I need to be more aware of font, color, and placement. I liked the guidance and direction that was given to us for this project, but I especially loved how you let us use our own creativity for the project. So much fun!
The most helpful information has been the links to free image sites. . .now I have a ridiculous amount of images to look through.
The links to the templates and the link to the free graphic design software was particularly helpful.
Overall, the visual examples and the links to resources have been the most helpful to me. The exercise of creating a flyer from scratch was eye-opening and enjoyable. . .
The video clips were clear and informative.
I have already started using what I learned in creating at least a 1/2 doz new flyers for our programs during the last few weeks! What is so satisfying is that people are noticing that the flyers are a lot more interesting to look at and I have gotten several compliments on them (yeah!)

Learn art fundamentals that will help you create effective design projects. Through illustrated lectures, hands-on assignments, and discussion groups you will explore basic principle and design elements, attention grabbers, and tips for creating the layout, font, and content techniques you want to project.

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Library Juice Academy courses offered in and July, August, and September

Most of the classes listed below are four weeks in length, with a price of $175.

Registrations accepted through the first week of class (unless enrollment is full, and unless it was canceled before it started due to low enrollment).

Classes are taught asynchronously, so participants can do the work as their schedules allow.

Details on these courses are at


Introduction to RDA
Melissa Adler

Metadata Design
Grace Agnew

Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes
Marcus Banks

Planning and Leading Effective Team Meetings
Deborah Schmidle

Getting Started with Digital Image Collections
Beth Knazook

E-Book Management for Academic Libraries
Erin Crane

Developing a Website Content Strategy
Shoshana Mayden

Patent Searching for Librarians
Michael White

Information Architecture: Designing Navigation for Library Websites
Laura-Edythe Coleman

The SPARQL Fundamentals I – The Semantic Web in action
Robert Chavez

Introduction to Library Classification in Dewey and LC
Catelynne Sahadath

Backward Design for Information Literacy Instruction
Andrea Baer

Research Data Management
Jillian Wallis


Excel for Librarians
Erin Crane

Introduction to Cataloging
Melissa Adler

Creating an Oral History Project
Carmen Cowick

Introduction to Project Management
Robin Hastings

Introduction to Book Indexing
Joanne Sprott

Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue
Beth Knazook

Strategic Planning: Setting Directions for the Future
Deborah Schmidle

Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction
Maria T. Accardi

Wikipedia for Libraries and Archives
Freeda Brook

Crash Course in Assessing Information Literacy
Candice Benjes-Small and Eric Ackermann

Business and Professional Writing for Librarians
Alison Lewis

Introduction to Text Encoding
John Russell

Introduction to XML
Robert Chavez

The SPARQL Fundamentals II
Robert Chavez


Metadata Implementation
Grace Agnew

Controlled Vocabulary and Taxonomy Design
Jillian Wallis

Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries
Carli Spina

Service Design: Towards a Holistic Assessment of Library Services
Joe J. Marquez

Exploring and Applying Critical Theory: An Introduction for Librarians
Jessica Critten

Critical Strategies for Implementing and Managing Organizational Change
Deborah Schmidle

Gaming in Libraries
Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski

Active Learning Strategies
Mimi O’Malley

Transformation through Teamwork: Developing a Collaborative Leadership Environment in a Changing World
Sarah Clark

Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Katie Scherrer

Transforming and Querying XML with XSLT and XQuery
Robert Chavez

The SPARQL Fundamentals III
Robert Chavez

Information Literacy and Writing Studies: Exploring Pedagogical Possibilities
Andrea Baer

While academic programs focus on conceptual understanding of foundations, we focus on the kinds of skills that library schools generally expect librarians to learn on-the-job, but which usually turn out to require additional study. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. (916) 905-0291
Fax (916) 415-5446


Reference and Information Services Series presented by Amigos Library Services

Are you new to reference and information services or just need to brush up on your skills? Register today for the Reference and Information Services Series presented by Amigos Library Services. This series of four courses will focus on different areas of reference and information services, including reference sources, virtual reference, and policy development. Each session can be taken as a single course, or register for all four to get a complete overview.

Core Reference Skills – April 17 & 18, 2-4 pm CDT: Information seekers interact daily with library staff to meet their information needs. Do you have what it takes to be an effective reference provider? This course helps reference staff identify the necessary skill sets needed for any reference interaction whether it is face to face, virtual, or on the telephone. Additionally, attendees will recognize common barriers to productive reference interactions, develop techniques to overcome them, and discover how to locate basic reference sources. Register today at

Reference Sources – May 16 & 17, 2-4 pm CDT: Knowledge of reference sources is central to providing your users with the answers they seek. This course will familiarize both librarians and paraprofessionals in a range of print and online resources from dictionaries and encyclopedias, to handbooks, serials and databases. Come learn which sources work for you and how to best use them. Early bird registration ends April 24:

Virtual Reference Communication – June 14 & 15, 2-4 pm CDT: The reference interview marks the essence of a reference transaction regardless of where it occurs: online, face to face, or over the telephone. This course centers in understanding the barriers inherent to virtual communication, and discovery of tips and techniques which enhance online communication in the absence of verbal and visual cues. Is online or “virtual” reference communication different from traditional reference? Come explore the differences and discover how to become a better online communicator by engaging in hands-on virtual reference communication exercises. Early bird registration ends May 23:

Reference Policy – July 11 & 12, 2-4 pm CDT: Reference policy is the foundation upon which reference services are built upon. This course will take you step by step in the policy development process. Come learn how to create policy whether for face to face, telephone or virtual reference services. Also learn to write guidelines that will provide you, your co-workers, and library users with the understanding of how reference services fit with the overall vision and mission of your institution. Early bird registration ends June 19:

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16th Annual Information Literacy Summit in Illinois

Registration is OPEN for the 16th Annual Information Literacy Summit in Illinois

16th Annual Information Literacy Summit
From Teaching to Learning: Context and Collaboration
Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Register for the Summit

Keynote Address:
Boundaries and sovereignties: Placing students at the center of information literacy
Wendy Holliday, Head of Teaching, Learning, and Research Services at Cline Library
Using the metaphors of boundaries and thresholds, this talk will examine some of the recent discourse around the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the purpose of higher education. It will explore what might happen when we place students and the idea of sovereignty at the center of our conceptions of information literacy.

Information about Breakout Sessions

$45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)
You may either pay by credit card through the Moraine Valley Community College registration system or send a check payable to MVCC Library to the following address:
MVCC Library
Information Literacy Summit
9000 W. College Pkwy.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Who should attend?
• Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.
• Academic, school, public and special librarians
• Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.
• CPDUs available

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century – New England Chapter ACRL Annual Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter invites you to attend its 2017 Annual Conference:

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century
Friday, May 12 at the Davis Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington, VT.


It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.

In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?

How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?

Join us for a day full of professional enrichment, loaded with fantastic programming, networking opportunities, and ideas that will pique your curiosity and challenge your intellect. Since we’ll be situated in beautiful Burlington, we encourage you to come for the conference, stay for the weekend!

Not already a member of ACRL New England? Join our organization today!


Want to save money on travel to the conference? Try using Rideshare this year!

Interested in saving money during your stay in Burlington? Try homeshare this year, and stay with a VT library colleague!

Not able to make it to Burlington? Consider registering for one of our Virtual Conference sites for a full day of programming closer to home. More than just ‘watching from afar’, site organizers provide links to the programming, space for on-site discussions and networking, as well as food.