TLA’s online webinars

I got this one through email:

Texas Library Association’s contract with Neal-Schuman Professional Education Network is winding down, so I’m letting librarians know about some of the upcoming courses still available through that service. These courses are live library-related trainings with an expert instructor, but they are all either by conference call or online to avoid travel costs.

Topics include web design, copyright, maps, and RSS.

Early-bird registration through TLA means a 10% discount – but more than that, Neal-Schuman does not mind if you pack a room with as many library staff as you can. It would still be one registration fee even if 10 or 20 people (or more) participate in one room. Audio conferences normally cost $85 and web conferences normally cost $109, but again you have both the TLA discount and the possibility of multiple participants on one registration. For a web conference, you could hook your computer to an LCD projector and put 10 people in a room for only $9.81 per person.

A registration link is included with each course description below. There are more courses offered on their home page, but I’ve picked out the ones of special interest to academic libraries.

Library Web Site Usability Tools and Techniques: the Essentials

Thursday, September 11th, 2:00 pm
1-hour Web Conference with Terry Nikkel

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp?cid=2298

Ask typical users where they being their research on just about any topic, and nine out of 10 will tell you they use the Internet, for example Google, Yahoo!, or Wikipedia. Maybe two out of 100 will say they use the library. Despite the abundance—and accuracy—of information available on library Web sites, users often discover quickly that they involve confusing terms and syntax, or convoluted navigation and search procedures. One poor experience, and the library will lose yet another user to more familiar, intuitive information portals.

Copyright Issues in Distance Education

Friday, September 12th, 1:00 pm
1-hour Audio Conference with Arlene Bielefield

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp?cid=2139

Copyright is an issue that has remained on the leading edge of information because of the amount currently available. The Internet, distance education, and continuing emergence of new technologies are only a few examples of influences causing librarians and educators to be wary about copyright matters. Copyright is further complicated by legal verbiage that perplexes many. So where does a practicing librarian, educator, or promising researcher look for copyright information?

Cool Tools for Library Webmasters

Tuesday, September 9th, 1:00 pm
1-hour Web Conference with Darlene Fichter and Frank Cervone

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp?cid=2301

Tech Tuesdays: Talking with Techies Series

The Hidden Potential of Maps

Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 2:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Danial Duda

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

Many people may not realize how rich a resource a map can be. A map is one of those resources that can answer many questions for many people: genealogists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, emergency response teams, police departments, military, and creative writers. This session will explain and give examples of these different approaches and where you can find more information about them.

Fast and Easy Site Tune-ups

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 1:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Jeff Wisniewski

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

Looking for ways to speed up, clean up, and optimize your site with minimal effort? These 35 1-minute upgrades show you how to fine-tune your sites code, design, and structure to make your site faster, more flexible, and more standards-compliant. Do one, do 10, or do them all to maximize your sites performance in minimal time.

The Secret to User-Centered Web Sites: Cheap, Easy & Effective Usability Techniques

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Erica Reynolds

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

Effective usability studies start before you ever write a line of code or design a single graphic. By using a variety of card sorting techniques and paper prototypes you can save tons of time, money, and stress. Discover the super-secret advantages for creating useful and usable Web sites and engaged staff and users by doing iterative testing. Take away tips to save you time and apply the results of your tests.

Creative Commons (CC): Copyright Alternative?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 1:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Michael Sauers

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

With the debate over copyright raging, with some calling for the end of the “all rights reserved” regime, and libraries feeling like they’re caught in the middle, just what are the alternatives? CC is the most respected alternative available today with its idea of “some rights reserved” as set by the content creators themselves. Sauers talks about the principles of Creative Commons, shows how you can easily apply it to your intellectual property today, and how you can use CC to find material that you can legally reuse in the creation of new content.

Recent Trends in Digital Licensing

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 1:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Tomas A. Lipinski

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

With the advent of full-text digital content becoming much more accessible in terms of quantity and quality, librarians are finding they need to become increasingly knowledgeable about negotiating various types of licenses. There is a lot to learn, and there are frequent changes and new formats to deal with! This session will introduce participants to key concepts and trends in the licensing of information content, as well as services for the library and related information settings. It includes a review of the law and the practice of licensing. An introduction to on-line contracting is included i.e. the EULA (end-user license agreement) common with many Web sites. The speaker has just completed researching and writing a full book on this topic, which should be available by the date of this session.

RSS: Let the information find you – then pass it on!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 1:00 pm ET

1-hour Web Conference with Wendy Rodgers

http://www.neal-schumanpen.com/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp

RSS technology has been around for 10 years. Depending on where you look, it either “hasn’t really caught on” or it is “the next killer app”.  RSS feeds are an effective method of what one writer calls “information trapping.”  Another suggests that “as technological awareness grows [about tools like RSS], Googling anything becomes less necessary.” Taking advantage of RSS is now easier than ever.  Libraries can deliver RSS feeds as an information service to users, or use RSS for professional development and current awareness for staff.  Attend this session to find out what RSS is, how to consume it, how to deliver it, and how it can benefit your library.

InfoCamp Seattle 2008

Are you a librarian into user experience design? Got a website, content delivery service, or really cool idea you want to try out on a diverse professional audience?  Want to share ideas and enthusiasm with librarians, information architects, usability engineers, user experience designers, and other information professionals?

You can do just that at InfoCamp Seattle 2008, an unconference for the user-centered information industry! It’ll be in beautiful Seattle, in a renovated historic schoolhouse now called the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  Save the date now: September 27-28, 2008.

Last year, a wide range of professionals and students participated in InfoCamp.  Here’s what one of them said about it:

“InfoCamp was great, and I highly encourage people to look for it next year, and also to look at other unconferences that are happening.”
–Sam Wallin (http://supercrazylibrarianguy.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/barcampinfocamp
– Used with author’s permission)

We hope you’ll consider participating in InfoCamp this September 27-28!

Learn more at http://www.infocamp.info or contact us at infocampseattle@gmail.com.

Register Now for Upcoming eLearning Events from ACRL

Registration is closing soon for the following eLearning events. Space in these events is limited, so reserve your spot today! For more information including rates on these courses, please visit the course page.

Information Commons 101: Principles and Good Practices

July 22, 2008

11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/infocommons101.cfm

Is your institution in the planning phase for a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons? If so, this webcast will provide an overview of some of the key planning components you should take into consideration as you develop a program for the facility.

Instructor:

Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director – Coalition for Networked Information

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including Fair Use

July 14 – August 1, 2008

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/copyright1.cfm

Course Description:

In this course, students will learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for their libraries, and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. Additionally, students will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom, and broader campus environments.

Instructor:

Tomas A. Lipinski, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.

Leading Change

Live Webcast: July 15, 2008

11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/leadingchange.cfm

Webcast Description:

How can we better understand the effects of change on our organizations and on the people in them? During this webcast, Kathryn Deiss will provide several models which can serve as lenses through which to view change. Tools such as the models and techniques for helping people through change will be provided.

Presenter:

Kathryn J. Deiss, Content Strategist – ACRL

Designing Websites for the Academic Library

July 14 – August 8, 2008

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/webdesign.cfm

Course Description:

This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Instructor: Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

For more information about these and other upcoming learning opportunities, please visit the ACRL eLearning page at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/elearnign.cfm.

Register Now For Upcoming e-Learning Opportunities from ACRL

Registration is now open for the following e-Learning courses.  Reserve your seat today for these exciting new seminars!

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including Fair Use

July 14 – August 1, 2008
Register Online

Course Description:
In this course, students will learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for their libraries, and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. Additionally, students will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom, and broader campus environments.

Instructor:
Tomas A. Lipinski, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.

Professor Lipinski currently teaches, researches and speaks frequently on various topics within the areas of information law and policy, especially copyright, free speech and privacy issues in schools and libraries. In fall of 2005, Professor Lipinski was placed on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster (“The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program differs from the traditional Fulbright Scholar competition in that the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) builds a roster of specialists in a variety of disciplines through an open application process.

Visit the course page for more information, including learning outcomes and registration rates.

Leading Change

Live Webcast: July 15, 2008
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Register Online

Webcast Description:
How can we better understand the effects of change on our organizations and on the people in them? During this webcast, Kathryn Deiss will provide several models which can serve as lenses through which to view change. Tools such as the models and techniques for helping people through change will be provided.

Presenter:
Kathryn J. Deiss

Kathryn J. Deiss is the Content Strategist for the Association of College & Research Libraries at the American Library Association in Chicago, USA. In this role she scans the research library world for trends and best practices, acquires content to publish, and provides organizational consulting services to institutions. She designs and provides training and facilitation for libraries, national associations, consortia, and museums in the United States and beyond. Kathryn has written and presented extensively on the subjects of leadership, innovation, coaching and mentoring, planning, organizational learning, and organizational culture. Kathryn received her B.A. in Sociology from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and her MLS from the University at Albany.

Visit the course page for more information, including learning outcomes and registration rates.

Creating A Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy

July 7 – 28, 2008
Register Online

Course Description:
This course will provide you with the information you need to create a comprehensive plan for information literacy for your institution. The course will cover:

  • planning;
  • setting goals and objectives;
  • how to organize and prioritize ideas;
  • the writing process;
  • and the creation of a draft plan.

You will be guided through the process of developing a comprehensive plan using worksheets developed by the presenter, participating in weekly on-line chats, and comparing examples of completed plans from a variety of institutions. Participants will learn how to establish and convene working groups, consider various means for collecting information and getting “buy-in” across campus, create a strategy for writing the plan, identify and select essential and optional components of a model plan, and put a draft of the plan on paper.

Instructor:
Joanna Burkhardt, head librarian, University of Rhode Island-Providence.

Visit the course page for more information, including learning outcomes and registration rates.

Designing Websites for the Academic Library

July 14 – August 8, 2008
register online

Course Description:
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Instructor:
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

The instructor has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 14 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program. She is the author of The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004) and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments by Kovacs, Diane K. Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007).

Visit the course page for more information, including learning outcomes and registration rates.

For more information about these and other upcoming learning opportunities, please visit the ACRL eLearning page. Questions?  Contact Jon Stahler via e-mail at jstahler@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-2511.

from the ACRL Insider

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1
http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/webdesign.cfm
An ACRL Online Seminar
July 14 – August 8, 2008

Registration is now open!

(Registered participants, log into Moodle here. Trouble accessing Moodle? Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org.)

Course Description:
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1. is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as they feel necessary. Specific material and activities are expected to be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums will be available for use in activities and other course-related conversations.

Weekly Schedule

* Week 1: User Centered Design: Needs Assessment and Design Planning
* Week 2: Review of HTML/XHTML and CSS Standards
* Week 3: Creating Draft Organizer Page
* Week 4: Final Project: Validating XHTML, CSS (External), and Accessibility Standards

This seminar will be delivered through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand and apply Web Standards
* Plan and design a Web site for Usability and Accessibility for selected users/groups.
* Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
* Use DreamWeaver or a text editor (MX2004 or higher preferred) to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. You may use FrontPage if you already know what you are doing with it.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan, design, and a main Web page illustrating how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Course Materials:
All of the required readings and activities for the course will be available on-line but it will be useful to have available the references in the Recommended Materials listed below.

* Graph Paper for laying out CSS design.
* Freeman, Elizabeth and Eric (2005). * Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-10197-X
* Niederst, Jennifer (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9
* Meyer, Eric (2007). CSS Pocket Reference, 3rd. Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN 10: 0-596-51505-7 | ISBN 13:9780596515058 (9.99 list price)
* Bickner, Carrie. (2004) Web Design on a Shoestring. New Riders Publishing: Boston ISBN 0-7357-1328-6
* Donald Norman (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books ISBN: 0-385-26774-6
* Jennifer Niederst (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9

*Strongly recommended for those students who come to class with no HTML experience.

Audience:
Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Experience working with the academic library patrons in any subject area chosen is assumed. Level of instruction is intermediate in regard to academic library experience, beginner in regard to XHTML/CSS and Web design experience.

Participants must understand paths — directories or folders and where files are saved — in a Windows or Mac OS environment. FTP or other experience uploading Web pages to a Web server will be expected. Some basic assistance will be provided.

Instructor:
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

The instructor has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 14 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program. She is the author of The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004) and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments by Kovacs, Diane K. Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)

More information on Diane Kovacs

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week to:

* Read the online seminar material
* Post to online discussion boards
* Complete activities, which will result in a basic draft academic library oriented Web site
* Complete a seminar evaluation form

Registration
ACRL member: $150
ALA member: $195
CACUL member: Can $205 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $205
Student: $65

or

1. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (beginners)
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html
Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

2. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
Pre-Requisite Web Design & Construction Part 1: First Steps Toward Library 2.0 (beginners) or the consent of the Instructor. Consent of the instructor will require proof of a completed xhtml standard CSS external page with CSS and XHTML validated icons on it that work.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

Diane K. Kovacs, Web Teacher – http://kovacs.com
LIS590lwl Web Design and Construction for Organizations – UIUC GSLIS LEEP Summer 2008
http://courses.lis.uiuc.edu/course/view.php?id=446
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1:  XHTML and CSS (beginners)
http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart2.html
Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 3: Building Library 2.0 (advanced)
(contact the teacher to be notified when this course is ready)
diane@kovacs.com or diane.kovacs@gmail.com (Gtalk or e-mail) AIM & Yahoo:  SaintsMrsDi – MSN – diane@kovacs.com Di Wind in Second Life

Web Design and Construction for Libraries Web-based Courses

Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (beginners)
This hands-on course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. The course begins with XHTML/HTML basics tutorials and a practice activity to make sure everyone has the basic skills. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

or register through ACRL:

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1

An ACRL Online Seminar
July 14 – August 8, 2008

Registration is now open!

(Registered participants, log into Moodle here. Trouble accessing Moodle? Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org.)

Course Description:
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1. is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as they feel necessary. Specific material and activities are expected to be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums will be available for use in activities and other course-related conversations.

Weekly Schedule

* Week 1: User Centered Design: Needs Assessment and Design Planning
* Week 2: Review of HTML/XHTML and CSS Standards
* Week 3: Creating Draft Organizer Page
* Week 4: Final Project: Validating XHTML, CSS (External), and Accessibility Standards

This seminar will be delivered through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand and apply Web Standards
* Plan and design a Web site for Usability and Accessibility for selected users/groups.
* Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
* Use DreamWeaver or a text editor (MX2004 or higher preferred) to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. You may use FrontPage if you already know what you are doing with it.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan, design, and a main Web page illustrating how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Course Materials:
All of the required readings and activities for the course will be available on-line but it will be useful to have available the references in the Recommended Materials listed below.

* Graph Paper for laying out CSS design.
* Freeman, Elizabeth and Eric (2005). * Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-10197-X
* Niederst, Jennifer (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9
* Meyer, Eric (2007). CSS Pocket Reference, 3rd. Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN 10: 0-596-51505-7 | ISBN 13:9780596515058 (9.99 list price)
* Bickner, Carrie. (2004) Web Design on a Shoestring. New Riders Publishing: Boston ISBN 0-7357-1328-6
* Donald Norman (1988). The Design of Everyday Things. Basic Books ISBN: 0-385-26774-6
* Jennifer Niederst (2006). Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Ed. O’Reilly. ISBN: 0-596-00987-9

*Strongly recommended for those students who come to class with no HTML experience.

Audience:
Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Experience working with the academic library patrons in any subject area chosen is assumed. Level of instruction is intermediate in regard to academic library experience, beginner in regard to XHTML/CSS and Web design experience.

Participants must understand paths — directories or folders and where files are saved — in a Windows or Mac OS environment. FTP or other experience uploading Web pages to a Web server will be expected. Some basic assistance will be provided.

Instructor:
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

The instructor has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 14 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program. She is the author of The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines (Neal-Schuman, January 2004) and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments by Kovacs, Diane K. Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)

More information on Diane Kovacs

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately three to five hours per week to:

* Read the online seminar material
* Post to online discussion boards
* Complete activities, which will result in a basic draft academic library oriented Web site
* Complete a seminar evaluation form

Registration
ACRL member: $150
ALA member: $195
CACUL member: Can $205 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $205
Student: $65

2. Web Design & Construction for Libraries Part 2: CSS and Javascript (intermediate)
Pre-Requisite Web Design & Construction Part 1: First Steps Toward Library 2.0 (beginners) or the consent of the Instructor. Consent of the instructor will require proof of a completed xhtml standard CSS external page with CSS and XHTML validated icons on it that work.
Syllabus at http://kovacs.com/webdesignpart1.html Self-paced registration http://kovacs.com/register.html Tuition $225

Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1

Register for now for the ACRL e-learning course, “Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1,” to be offered April 21 – May 16, 2008.

ABOUT THE COURSE
This four-week course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development, with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However, XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

“Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1″ is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and design a Web site for usability and accessibility for selected users/groups.
  • Understand and apply Web standards.
  • Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
  • Use DreamWeaver (MX2004 or higher preferred) or a text editor to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. Participants may use FrontPage if they are already trained in and using the software.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan and design, and a main Web page that illustrates how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

INSTRUCTOR
Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting, has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 13 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program.

AUDIENCE

Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

REGISTRATION
Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit:

http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/webdesign1.cfm