January 31, 2014

New book: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Focus on Educating for Sustainability:
Toolkit for Academic Libraries

Editor: Maria A. Jankowska
Price: $32.00
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-936117-61-1
Printed on acid-free paper

In the last ten years, literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability.

This edited collection captures the current status and future direction of libraries’ commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It is designed as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries.

January 22, 2014

Two certificate programs starting in February

Two certificate programs at Library Juice Academy are starting in February: The Certificate in User Experience (UX) and the Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems. Both of these programs are six courses in length, and both have been taught once already in the past year.

The first class in each of these programs starts February 3rd, and enrollment is possible through February 10th. Through February 10th, you can also register for an entire series and get a 10% discount.

We interviewed instructor Robert Chavez about his series, if you’d like to learn more about what is covered in it and why it might be right for you. (The main goal of the program is to give you you competency as a coder in XML and RDF-based systems that create, transform, manage, and disseminate content and metadata.)

The UX series is designed to teach you the fundamentals of user experience (UX) and how to apply user-centered strategies to library websites and beyond. We interviewed Rebecca Blakiston, who organized the series, so that she could describe it more fully to people who may be interested. In December, the instructors for these courses got together and put on an “Unconference” at the University of Arizona, where they discussed the topics of their courses. Their presentations are available online.

January 14, 2014

Interview with Debra Lucas-Alfieri

Debra Lucas-Alfieri has been the Head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. She has taught for Library Juice Academy a couple of times before, and next month she is going to be teaching a class called “How ILL Works.” ILL is more and more central to librarianship, yet many librarians only have vague knowledge of how the systems work, so we are very pleased that we are offering this class. Debra agreed to do interview for the Library Juice Academy blog, to talk about the class and her background for teaching it.

January 10, 2014

Interview with Eva Dodsworth

Eva Dodsworth is the Geospatial Data Services Librarian at the University of Waterloo Library, where she works with geospatial data services. Eva is also a part-time instructor at a number of Library and Information Science schools where she teaches users GIS and how to apply GIS technology in library services. We are happy to say that she will be teaching a course on GIS and GeoWeb Technologies for Library Juice Academy next month. Eva agreed to be interviewed for the LJA blog, to give people a better idea of what they will learn in her course, and a bit about her background.

January 8, 2014

Edward Snowden for James Madison Freedom Award

The American Library Association has given the James Madison Award annually since 1986, “to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.”

It is hard to think of anyone as deserving of this year’s award as Edward Snowden. Champions of the public’s right to know like Snowden do not come along very often. But the government has been so aggressive in painting Snowden as a criminal that ALA’s leadership must be worried that giving the award to him would mean taking a political risk.

Edward Snowden has been nominated for the award. I think it is realistic to hope that ALA will give the award to Edward Snowden, especially after the New York Times’ editorial board went on record supporting him as a whistle-blower at the start of the year.

There are many people who will be disappointed if the award does not go to Snowden this year. He has made great sacrifices in the public interest and deserves to be recognized for it.