December 8, 2013
Joanne Sprott has been a freelance book indexer, copy editor, and proofreader since 1995, and has taught indexing for the American Society of Indexers. She teaches a course on book indexing for Library Juice Academy, which is running for the second time in January. Joanne agreed to do an interview on the Library Juice Academy blog, to let people know a bit more about her class and about her background.
November 25, 2013
Margaret Heller is Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, where she manages the website and institutional repository. She also volunteers as the Technology Director of the Read/Write Library Chicago. She has presented talks and papers about participatory or social library services at various conferences, including the LITA Forum, Media in Transition, and Code4Lib. She is teaching a class for Library Juice Academy next month, titled Participatory Culture in the Library: Community-driven Collecting, Cataloging, and Curating. Margaret agreed to do an interview for the LJA blog to give people a better idea of what this class is about and what they will learn from it, as well as a bit about her.
November 23, 2013
We interviewed Grace Agnew a year ago, prior to the start of the first session of her Mechanics of Metadata course. Grace is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries and has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005. She is teaching a different class for us in December, Grant Proposal Development for Libraries, as well as another round of The Mechanics of Metadata in January. Grace sent me the introduction to her grant writing class, which outlines what it will cover and talks a bit about her background for teaching it. Read it on the Library Juice Academy blog.
November 21, 2013
Library Juice Academy offers discounts on purchases of registrations in a bundle that can be used over a period of one year. A bundle of 5 registrations in our 4-week classes comes at a 10% discount. Purchase 15 and get a 15% discount, or 25 to get a 20% discount. Purchases can be made with a credit card, or, for institutions, by sending us a PO. More information on our page for bundle discounts.
October 31, 2013
Duties are to include document scanning, bibliographic research, possible social media marketing, research into addresses for review copies and offers of desk copies, possible tasks for Library Juice Academy (e.g. processing enrollments, sending certificates of completion), and help at conferences. We are also looking for someone to do book layout, and these jobs could be combined. The work will amount to a few hours a week with a lot of variation week-to-week, at $10/hr USD. So, it means a little extra income and a resume-builder.
The ideal person has an MLIS or is in progress, is familiar with our work, is interested in publishing and the vendor side of libraries. It would also nice if the person is a resident of the SF Bay Area or the Sacramento area.
If you are interested, please send an email to rory [at] libraryjuicepress.com.
October 22, 2013
You may already be familiar with Andromeda Yelton; if not, she is a librarian and software developer who is known for her passion about promoting coding, collaboration, and diversity in library technology. Recently, she was doing library outreach, software, and communications at the ebook startup Unglue.it. She is a member of the LITA Board of Directors.
Anrdromeda is teaching a class for Library Juice Academy next month: Introduction to Python Programming for Librarians. She has graciously agreed to do an interview with us, to tell people more about the class and why they might benefit from it, as well as a bit about herself.
October 17, 2013
Andrea Baer holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. She is teaching a class for Library Juice Academy next month, titled, Information Literacy, Composition Studies, and Higher Order Thinking. She has graciously agreed to do an interview for the Library Juice Academy blog, to tell people more about the class, as well as a bit about herself.
October 16, 2013
Certificate in Library Management
This series of classes, developed and taught by Deborah Schmidle, provides a strong foundation in managerial skills, and is intended for new managers or those who would like to enhance their current knowledge base. Though these courses touch on organizational theory, the primary focus is on practical skills that can be readily adapted to individual needs.
The six four-week courses in this program complement and build upon each other; however, they have also been developed as stand-alone courses and can be taken as such. Participants who successfully complete all six of these courses will obtain a certificate of completion for the series.
Courses in the series:
* Effective Communication Strategies
* Planning and Leading Productive Meetings
* Strategic Planning: Setting Directions for the Future
* Critical Strategies for Implementing and Managing Organizational Change
* Growing, Developing, and Retaining Dynamic Staff
* Telling Your Story: Successful Marketing Strategies for Librarians
These courses will run from March through August, 2014. You can register for all six courses in the certificate program from the website, at a 10% discount.
Deborah Schmidle is currently the principal consultant at Schmidle Consulting Services. She has developed and taught numerous organizational development-related workshops and has facilitated strategic-planning processes for libraries and library organizations. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Contemporary Leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to retiring in March 2013, she was Director of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University Library (CUL).
September 22, 2013
Library Juice Academy has scheduled a second round of two certificate programs. Both will begin in February.
Certificate in User Experience (UX)
Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems
As before, if you enroll in the whole sequence of six courses in advance you get a 10% discount on the registration fee. Institutions registering five or more participants get an additional 10% discount.
It is also possible to take many of the courses in both of these programs without taking the full sequence.
We have found that the level of student engagement and effort varies quite a bit among the people participating. Those who are taking the classes for continuing education units or in order to obtain the certificate are expected to do passing level work in their classes.
Classes are four weeks in length and require about 15 hours of work. The work is done asynchronously, so you can fit it into your schedule or use your personal time. The courses are taught using the Moodle courseware platform, and there are no webinar-style presentations to attend.
Please read our FAQ page for more information. Thanks!
September 17, 2013
Courses in October with Library Juice Academy
Introduction to Project Management
Instructor: Robin Hastings
Introduction to the Semantic Web
Instructor: Robert Chavez
Writing for the Web
Instructors: Nicole Capdarest and Rebecca Blakiston
Instructor: Martin Wallace
Describing Photographs for the Online Catalogue
Instructor: Beth Knazook
Library Outreach to Spanish-Speaking Communities
Instructor: Katie Cunningham
Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction
Instructor: Maria T. Accardi
Considering an Open Source ILS
Instructor: BWS Johnson
Game-Based Learning in Library Instruction
Instructor: Scott Rice
These are an online classes that are taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The classes do not meet together at any particular times, although the instructors may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
You can register through the first week of instruction. The website has a registration function that goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. If your institution wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us to make arrangements. If your fiscal year starts October 1st and you want to pay for the course after that, you can contact us to reserve a space in the class.
More information in our FAQ page.
August 19, 2013
Annie Downey tught a class for Library Juice Academy recently, titled, Techniques for Creative Problem Solving in Libraries. Next month she will be teaching another one for us: Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work. She did a second interview with me, about the new class being offered in September.
August 16, 2013
Beth Knazook has taught a course in managing digital image collections for Library Juice Academy a couple of times, and we interviewed her about it back in March. Now she is going to teach a follow-up class titled, Describing Photographs for the Online Catalog. Beth holds an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University/George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She has previously worked as the Curatorial Specialist for Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections and as the Photo Archivist for the Stratford Festival of Canada. She agreed to do another interview with us to give people a good sense of what this new class will cover.
August 15, 2013
Jeremy McGinniss is the Library Director at Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennyslvania. He is the instructor for the Library Juice Academy offered next month on Student Staff Development. Jeremy agreed to an interview to give people more of an idea of the content of this course and his background as the instructor, as well as some of his interests.
July 11, 2013
Robert Chavez is the instructor for all six courses in our Certificate in XML and RDF-based Systems, which starts next month. He has taught a couple of the classes previously, and we interviewed him about those back in November. Robert has agreed to another interview, this time about the six-course sequence as a whole. Robert is currently a Content Applications Architect at the New England Journal of Medicine, and has worked as an electronic text specialist at Indiana University Bloomington and at Tufts University.
July 9, 2013
Julia Skinner is a doctoral student at Florida State University’s School of Library & Information Studies. Her research interests include social media, library history, and services for sexual assault survivors. She is the instructor for two classes coming up with Library Juice Academy in August: Social Media for Libraries, and The Librarian as Scholar: Taking Part in Scholarly Communication. She agreed to do an interview with me in order to give people a better sense of what will be covered in these classes and how they might benefit from them, and a little bit more about her and her varied interests.