September 29, 2013

Ryer Island Geographic Information Controversy

In the Sacramento River Delta, just a short drive to the south of where I live, there is an area with some confusion regarding the official geographic information that has been disseminated about it. There are two islands named Ryer Island, and because of some errors in the past, the one that is populated is impossible to find using most geographic information tools. Here is a website about it: ryerisland.com.

Among other things, I think this site could be used in conjunction with an information literacy lesson regarding the reliability of authoritative information resources.

September 26, 2013

Voltaire and Islam

Malise Ruthven, frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, wrote the preface to the recent Litwin Books publication, Voltaire’s Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet: A New Translation. His preface is titled Voltaire and Islam, and provides an insightful picture of the great 18th century liberal’s relationship with the religion of the region Europe called “the Orient.”

Voltaire’s play has been translated into English several times, but this prose translation is less archaic-sounding, and captures the intensity of the melodramatic passions among the characters. The play itself is an enjoyable, light read. Ruthven’s preface and the translator’s introduction, which focuses on the reception that the play received among contemporaries and how it was viewed by later critics, illuminate some of the background to the way Islam is understood in the West.

September 25, 2013

Japanese Translation of Questioning Library Neutrality

Japanese translation of Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian. Translation published by the Kyoto University Graduate School of Education. ISBN 978-4-8204-1308-0.

September 22, 2013

New round of LJA certificate programs scheduled

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

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

Patent Searching
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

Course structure
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.

Payment info
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.

September 15, 2013

New Title: Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis

Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis

Editors: Shana Higgins and Lua Gregory
Price: $32.00
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-936117-56-7

Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis extends the discussion of information literacy and its social justice aspects begun by James Elmborg, Heidi L.M. Jacobs, Cushla Kapitzke, Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and Alana Kumbier, and Maura Seale. Chapters address the democratizing values implicit in librarianship’s professional ethics, such as intellectual freedom, social responsibility, and democracy, in relation to the sociopolitical context of information literacy. Contributors, ranging from practicing librarians to scholars of related disciplines, demonstrate how they construct intentional connections between theoretical perspectives and professional advocacy to curriculum and pedagogy. The book contributes to professional discourse on libraries in their social context, through a re-activation of the library neutrality debate, as well as through an investigation of what it means for a global citizen to be information literate in late capitalism.

This book is available through Amazon.com or your library’s book jobbers.

Download a PDF of the front matter, including the title page, copyright page, table of contents, acknowledgments, foreword, and introduction.