Library Juice Academy News

Courses in May
Cataloging for the Non-Cataloger
Instructor: Melissa Adler
The Mechanics of Metadata
Instructor: Grace Agnew
Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction
Instructor: Scott Rice
Introduction to the Semantic Web
Instructor: Robert Chavez
Copyright for Librarians 101: Copyright Basics
Instructor: Rachel Bridgewater
Embedded Librarianship
Instructor: Courtney Mlinar
Introduction to Project Management
Instructor: Robin Hastings

Courses in June
Introduction to RDA
Instructor: Melissa Adler
Marketing the Library in the 21st Century
Instructor: Debra Lucas-Alfieri
Success in First Library Supervisor Position
Instructor: Tony Garrett
Patent Searching
Instructor: Martin Wallace
Online Instruction
Instructor: John Doherty
Introduction to Drupal for Libraries
Instructor: Cody Hennesy
Diversity Plans for Academic Libraries
Instructor: Julie Biando Edwards
Designing a Usable Website (Concepts of User-Centered Design)
Instructor: Carolyn Ellis
The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement
Instructor: Madeleine Charney

Information About Courses
We have enlisted instructors for our classes based on their expertise in their areas of instruction, as well as their teaching abilities. Classes are taught asynchronously, using the Moodle course platform, so participants can do the work as their schedules allow. Most courses are four weeks in length and cost $175. CEU documentation is available to participants who need this (1.5 CEUs per 4-week course, a 4-week course requiring 15 hours of work). Discounts are available to institutions who want to enroll at least five people in a course. Payment can be by credit card, or through your institution’s normal accounts payable process in response to a billing invoice. We accept enrollments into the first week of instruction, to accommodate last-minute needs. Visit the website to see our listings for July and August as well.

Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems

In this 6-course certificate program, you will gain competency as a coder in XML and RDF-based systems that create, transform, manage, and disseminate content and metadata. Typically, these are the structures at the heart of content management systems, repositories, and digital libraries. Topics covered include XML fundamentals, XPath, DTDs and Schemas, standard markup languages, XSLT and Xquery, the semantic web, RDFa and RDFa Lite, RSS, ontologies and linked data, and the SPARQL semantic query language and protocol. Register for all six courses and get a 10% discount.

Certificate in User Experience (UX)

In this 6-course certificate program, you will learn the fundamentals of user experience (UX) and how to apply user-centered strategies to library websites and beyond. The program begins by teaching you the key concepts of UX design and how to employ them in your website projects. Next, you will learn the ins and outs of information architecture: how to structure and organize your content so that it is both discoverable and navigable in the easiest way possible. The next two courses will give you the tools to continually get feedback on your website through usability testing and other research methods. You will then learn how to better write for the web so that once your users discover your content, they can both understand it and act on it. Finally, you will learn how you can create a website content strategy, so that from that point forward all your content will be useful, usable, and findable. All together, these courses cover a breadth of topics that will equip you with the skills necessary to create, manage, and sustain library websites that provide an excellent user experience. Register for all six courses and get a 10% discount.

Webinar Series: What’s New with Gary Price

In these fast-paced sessions Gary Price shares a handful of the latest and most useful web resources, tools, and search techniques he’s been posting and sharing on LJ’s infoDOCKET. Plus, each session focuses on a special topic loaded with resources and discussion. Topics include online privacy and security, current awareness tools, real time information sources, ethical issues for the 21st Century librarian, personal information archiving, and online productivity tools.

Webinar Series with EveryLibrary: Libraries on the Ballot

Is your library going to be on the ballot within the next 3 years? Get the information you want and the tools you need to plan the campaign and win on Election Day. Join EveryLibrary and Library Juice Academy for a new 9-part webinar series focused exclusively on local library ballot measures like levies, bonds, and referenda. Whether you are running an Information-Only campaign through the library or are managing a Vote Yes campaign through a ballot committee, you will learn relevant, proven, and actionable techniques for voter segmentation, canvasing and GOTV work, coalition building, opposition research, and campaign management. These webinars are non-partisan, non-political, and pro-library. Sessions will include interactive Q&A time with subject-experts, and participants will receive best practice guides for each topic.

Call for Presenters: Webinar Series on Creative Solutions in Academic Libraries

There is no shortage of discussion about “problems faced by academic libraries” at the big scale, regarding trends in higher education and technology, where the approach to these problems is mainly a question of strategic planning. There is less attention to the small scale problems that academic librarians solve in the process of adapting services and processes to a changing environment or to new plans. These solutions to small scale problems can be in the realm of technological kludges or hacks, organizational adjustments, creative ideas in outreach, procedural changes, questioning and revision of “the way we do things,” recognition of areas where “what didn’t work before” can work now, time management strategies, and others.
We are looking for presenters for a series of monthly webinars where academic librarians will share a creative solution that may be helpful to librarians in other institutions. These hour-long webinars will likely include two 20-minute presentations and a period for discussion, with presentations grouped by theme. Presentations may be by individuals or groups. There will be monetary compensation for presenters based on the number of paying attendees.

Sponsor a Librarian
A problem that many librarians are concerned about is the difficult job market and the difficulty that out-of-work librarians face in keeping up their skills. Library Juice Academy’s “sponsored librarian” project aims to help unemployed librarians pay for their continuing education. If you are an unemployed librarian who wants to take classes from Library Juice Academy, you can set up a profile on our site. If you want to donate some funds to help an unemployed librarian pay for their classes, you can find their profile and use your PayPal account or credit card to pay for a full class or donate an amount toward the enrollment fees. We also encourage peer-to-peer micro-lending, so that unemployed librarians can pay their donors back once they have found employment. We think this system will help facilitate the mutual support that is part of what makes librarianship a satisfying field to work in.

In the Planning Stages…

Doc talks webinar series

We are planning a webinar series where current doctoral students in library and information studies will give presentations on their dissertation research. The intended audience will be librarians and library students who are interested in the newest directions that the field is taking, and other doctoral students and LIS faculty. Michael Wartenbe of UCLA will organize and present these sessions.

Support staff certificate program

We are planning a series of courses intended for paraprofessionals who are earning credits toward the ALA-APA’s Library Support Staff Certification. Halsted Mencotti Bernard will teach these classes.

Teach for Us

We are currently seeking to add more instructors with expert knowledge of practical topic areas in librarianship. Classes are asynchronous, and go for two or four weeks, requiring seven and fifteen hours of student work, respectively. Instructors will need to be able to guide class participation on a daily basis for the duration of the course. Although we have a structure for helping instructors design their courses, they are responsible for assigning any readings, requiring any writing or other work product, creating any tests, and keeping students on track over the course of the workshop. Pay is generous, comparable to what other programs are offering instructors, if not a little better. We offer help in terms of best practices and a little coaching.

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Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115