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Women Learning to Code

LITA Blog - 48 min 3 sec ago

I am a user of technology much more than a creator.   After I completed a masters in educational technology I knew to better use the skills I had learned it would benefit me to gain a better understanding of computer coding. My HTML skills were adequate but rusty, and I didn’t have any experience with other languages. To increase these skills I really did not want to have to take another for-credit course, but I also knew that I would have a better learning experience if I had someone of whom I could ask questions. Around this time, I was made aware of Girl Develop It. I have attended a few meetings and truly appreciate the instruction and the opportunity to learn new skills. As a way to introduce the readers of the LITA blog who might be interested in adding to their skill-set I interviewed Michelle Brush and Denisse Osorio de Large, the leaders of my local Girl Develop It group.

What is Girl Develop It?

MB: Girl Develop It is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing more women into technology by offering educational and network-building opportunities.

DL: Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.

What sparked your interest in leading a Girl Develop It group?

MB: I attended Strange Loop where Jen Myers spoke and mentioned her involvement in Girl Develop It.   Then several friends reached out to me about wanting to do more for women in tech in Kansas City, so we decided to propose a chapter in Kansas City.

DL: Growing up my mom told me my inheritance was my education, and that my education was something no one would ever be able to take away from me.  My education has allowed me to have a plentiful life, I wanted to pay it forward and this organization allowed to do just that. I’m also the proud mom of two little girls and I want to be a good example for them.

What is your favorite thing about working in the technology industry?

MB: Software can be like magic.  You can build very useful and sometimes beautiful things from a pile of keywords and numbers.  It’s also very challenging, so you get the same joy when your code works that you do when solving a really hard math problem.

DL: I love the idea of helping to create things that don’t exist and solving problems that no one else has solved. The thought of making things better, drives me.

Why do you believe more women should be working in information technology?

MB: If we can get women involved at the same percentages as we have men, we would solve our skills gap.  It also helps that women bring a different perspective to the work.

DL: The industry as a whole will benefit from the perspective of a more diverse workforce. Also, this industry has the ability to provide a safe and stable environment where females can thrive and make a good living.

Are there other ways communities can be supportive of women entering the information technology industry?

MB: We need more visibility to the women already in the industry as that will make other women recognize they can be successful in the community as well.  Partly it’s on women like me to seek out opportunities to be more visible, but it’s also on the community to remember to look outside of the usual suspects when looking for speakers, mentors, etc.  It’s too easy to keep returning to the names you already know. Conferences like Strange Loop and Midwest.io are making strides in this area.

DL: I believe it starts with young girls and encouraging and nurturing their interest in STEM. It is very important that members of the community provide opportunities for girls to find their passion in the field of their choice.

Are any of you reading the LITA blog involved with Girl Develop It? I’d love to hear your stories!

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Halloween Reading

The days grow shorter. The evenings grow darker. You’re trying to figure out a costume to wear to school next Friday. In the spirit of the season, we review three new novels for those seeking a thrill this Halloween.

Edgar Cantero’s first book in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, is a secret society mystery/haunted house gothic that moves closer and closer to horror as it goes along. In case it isn’t clear, A’s mute friend Niamh is a teen, and she proves to be one of the most intriguing elements here. (And their dog, Help, is the most lovable.) Any readers you know who are obsessed with dreams–and I’ve certainly run into a few through the years–will LOVE this book.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters is by Keith Donohue, known for his haunting fantasy debut, The Stolen Child. He is a literary writer, whether tackling fantasy or horror, so you know you can expect excellent writing in his latest. If you are a horror reader, you will enjoy Peter Straub’s review in the Washington Post, which is like a short course in the appeal of the genre.

A Sudden Light is something new for Garth Stein, known for his hit debut, The Art of Racing in the Rain. A Sudden Light is the #1 Library Reads pick for October and found a spot on the Indie Next list this month as well–so, a favorite of both librarians and booksellers. This ghost story of family secrets is more creepy than scary, but certainly intriguing.

More? This would be a great time to recommend Josh Malerman’s Bird Box, one of 2014′s most effective scary novels, and let me point out that Horns is coming to theaters on October 31st, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Put Joe Hill’s novel on display now, and watch the hype build!

CANTERO, Edgar. The Supernatural Enhancements. 368p. diags. illus. photos. Doubleday. Aug. 2014. Tr $26.95. ISBN 9780385538152. LC 2013027730.  

Judging by the cover, this is a gothic horror tale focused on a creepy house. And that’s correct, but it’s so much more. A (no longer name given) inherits a mansion he’s never seen in Virginia, and, with it, a mystery.  Ambrose, his distant relative, was a member of a mysterious group of men that met annually, and A wonders if Ambrose was murdered, instead of being driven to suicide by the house ghost.  A and his female companion Niamh, a mute, are determined to discover the secrets of the cursed house, its old-fashioned visitors, and cryptic messages from Ambrose.  Told through dream journals, video transcripts, letters, photographs, and other writings, the novel is unique in design and doesn’t fit into a genre easily. The setting might be gothic, but the two main characters are lovable and bright new adults. The platonic interaction between A and Niamh keeps readers questioning and the twist at the end of the novel is unexpected. Cryptology, crystal balls, break-ins, a loyal dog, ancient mysteries—what’s not to like? Give this to smart teens who appreciate the witty dialogue in John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines (Dutton, 2006), the creepiness of the books by Ransom Riggs, or the nerdy codes and clues of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Farrar, 2012), although this is a more rural tale.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

DONOHUE, Keith. The Boy Who Drew Monsters. 272p. Picador. Oct. 2014. Tr $26. ISBN 9781250057150. LC 2014018914.  

Jack Peter has never been the dream son Holly and Tim Keenan had hoped would complete their small family. But things became far worse the summer Jip turned seven and he and his only friend Nick nearly drowned in the surf. Now, 10-year-old Jip is terrified to leave the house, preferring to spend his homeschooled days with his father. The boy has had many obsessions over the years that he demands Nick share (from war to board games to model ships), but his latest is the most disturbing: drawing monsters. Jip appears to have developed a sudden talent for rendering the macabre. Soon Holly begins to have auditory hallucinations at home in their coastal Maine saltbox—it sounds like someone or something is trying to get in. Tim is certain he sees a naked man or some type of beast in the headlights, running off on the beach. Holly is worried about Jip, who is increasingly agitated and even violent. She looks to a priest for help, coming away instead with unbelievable stories of shipwrecked undead. Now Nick’s parents have gone away for Christmas, leaving him with the Keenans. He begins to realize the power of Jip’s pencil as his friend draws like a boy possessed. Donohue masterfully turns real life family drama on its ear, with a Stephen King-worthy spin that gleefully extends the novel’s title. Teens will love this psychological horror story, which combines chilling atmospherics with unsettling nightmares come to life.—Paula J. Gallagher, Baltimore County Public Library, MD

STEIN, Garth. A Sudden Light. 416p. S. & S. Sept. 2014. Tr $26.95. ISBN 9781439187036. LC 2014006886.  

Fourteen-year-old Trevor isn’t happy that his parents have separated temporarily.  He is stuck traveling with his dad to Riddell House, his father’s childhood home outside of Seattle.  Something drove his father away from Riddell House years ago—Trevor hasn’t even met this side of the family before. His stunningly beautiful Aunt Serena and Alzheimer’s patient Grandpa Samuel help him feel at home. After only a few hours at the decaying mansion, Trevor discovers mysterious family secrets. Does the house have a ghost? If so, whose ghost is it? Coming off the success of his bestselling debut novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins, 2008), Stein returns with this eerie novel. The first half reads like creepy gothic novel—haunted house, mysterious characters, and a dysfunctional family. But the work takes a spiritualistic turn when Trevor is able to see, hear, and converse with family ghosts. The surprises he uncovers from family letters and journals are unsuspected, but the conversations with ghosts in and out of dreams seemed out of place. Give this to teens who want a Halloween read that isn’t as scary as Joe Hill’s Horns (William Morrow, 2010) or as complicated as Helen Oyeyemi’s White Is for Witching (Knopf/Nan A. Talese, 2009).—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

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Midwinter Workshop Highlight: Meet the Programming Presenter!

LITA Blog - Tue, 2014-10-21 11:25

We asked our LITA Midwinter Workshop Presenters to tell us a little more about themselves and what to expect from their workshops in January. This week, we’re hearing from Elizabeth Wickes, who will be presenting the workshop:

Introduction to Practical Programming
(For registration details, please see the bottom of this blog post)

LITA: We’ve seen your formal bio but can you tell us a little more about you?

ElizabethI once wrote an entire Python program just so I could have a legitimate reason to say “for skittle in skittles.”  Attendees will meet this program during the workshop.  I can also fix pretty much anything with hot glue. 

LITA: Who is your target audience for this workshop?

Elizabeth: This workshop speaks to the librarian or library student who is curious about programming and wants to explore it within a very library-centric context.  So many of the existing books and resources on programming are for people with extensive math backgrounds. This workshop will present the core concepts and basic workflows with a humanities voice. 

LITA: How much experience with programming do attendees need to succeed in the workshop?

ElizabethAny amount is helpful, but nothing is required.  I’ll be presenting the topics from the ground up, presuming that folks have never seen any code before.

LITA: If your workshop was a character from the Marvel or Harry Potter universe, which would it be, and why?

ElizabethI would say Snape, if I had to pick a character.  But hear me out! The topic might seem moody and unapproachable, but on the inside just wants to love!  Also, programming is really like potions class, where you are combining lots of little pieces very precisely to somehow produce something shiny and beautiful.  My final argument: Alan Rickman.

LITA: Name one concrete thing your attendees will be able to take back to their libraries after participating in your workshop.

Elizabeth: Attendees will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of assessment strategies for material selection and a solid structure on which to build as a self-taught programmer.

LITA: What kind of gadgets/software do your attendees need to bring?

ElizabethParticipants should bring a laptop (not a tablet) with an operating system they are comfortable using.  Macs are easiest to set up but any current computer will work.

LITA: Respond to this scenario: You’re stuck on a desert island. A box washes ashore. As you pry off the lid and peer inside, you begin to dance and sing, totally euphoric. What’s in the box?

ElizabethPerhaps I’m singing because the box brought me a singing voice.  But seriously, I’d be super excited to get sunscreen in that situation.

More information about Midwinter Workshops. 

Registration Information: LITA members get one third off the cost of Mid-Winter workshops. Use the discount promotional code:  LITA2015 during online registration to automatically receive your member discount.  Start the process at the ALA web sites: Conference web site: http://alamw15.ala.org/ Registration start page: http://alamw15.ala.org/rates LITA Workshops registration descriptions: http://alamw15.ala.org/ticketed-events#LITA When you start the registration process and BEFORE you choose the workshop, you will encounter the Personal Information page.  On that page there is a field to enter the discount promotional code:  LITA2015 As in the example below.  If you do so, then when you get to the workshops choosing page the discount prices, of $235, are automatically displayed and entered.  The discounted total will be reflected in the Balance Due line on the payment page. Please contact the LITA Office if you have any registration questions.
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Office Hours: Always Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Tame the Web - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:18

New column!

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/10/opinion/michael-stephens/always-doesnt-live-here-anymore-office-hours/

That said, I must comment on some threads of conversation I had at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Las Vegas. In 2006, I wrote a post at Tame the Web (TTW) entitled “Five Phrases I Hope I Never Hear in Libraries Again.” It got a lot of traction back then, during the heyday of LIS blogging, and I used a slide of the phrases for many years in presentations. One of the phrases was: We’ve always done it this way.

Back then I wrote, “I think it’s time to red flag any utterance of that phrase in our libraries and make sure it’s not just an excuse to avoid change. It may, however, be the best way to do something.” I urged readers to explore alternatives and new ways of working to make sure efficiencies couldn’t be improved. I cautioned: if librarians are hiding behind that phrase because they’ve had enough new things or just want to keep things the same, it might be time to move on. Is it anxiety that puts up these barriers?

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Nice Book Review of my book Face2Face!

David Lee King - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:00

The Teachers College Record just reviewed my book Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. It’s unfortunately behind a paywall now, but it’s a nice book review!

Here are some snippets from the review:

At a time when social networking is often criticized for driving humans apart, King’s book is upbeat and suggests that we have more of an opportunity to connect in authentic ways with others than ever before, both on a personal and organizational level. While of course nothing can substitute for true “face-to-face” communication, King’s book provides many examples of how social media tools might actually allow for more humanity in virtual venues than we might realize.

Having just finished Dave Eggers’s The Circle (Eggers, 2014), which paints quite a dystopian picture of social networking, it was somewhat of a balm to read King’s cheery tips. – hee… ok

In a time when many school districts throughout the country still continue to exist at a level of alarmism that hasn’t been seen since Prohibition, King’s approach seems more of an appropriate required read, not only for business owners and organization leaders, but also for school board members and taxpayers.

Sweet! Go read the whole review ( if you already have an account there – silly paywalls).

And of course … go buy the book. Helpful link to Amazon included :-).

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Office Hours: In the Moment

Tame the Web - Mon, 2014-10-20 18:12

Here’s my June column:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/06/opinion/michael-stephens/in-the-moment-office-hours/

More than once, someone in the audience has expressed concern that children and young people are always looking at their mobile device, texting, gaming, or whatever. Recently the comment was this: “I want to take away the iPad and send them outside. They are not in the moment.” My reply was a reminiscence of my mother taking away my Hardy Boys books and sending me out to play one summer day. I was furious! The seminar room vibrated with comments: “It’s the same thing.” “It’s not the same thing!”

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Office Hours: Flipping the LIS Classroom

Tame the Web - Mon, 2014-10-20 18:09

Oops – forgot to post this:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/07/opinion/michael-stephens/flipping-the-lis-classroom-office-hours/

I’m most excited about the requirement for student reflection blogging in this course. Discussion forums, landlocked inside the learning management system, are giving way to a WordPress-enabled blog community that all of our core students will work with for thoughts on the course content. I am a longtime advocate of the power of blogging as a means to foster critical reflection in a safe thinking-out-loud space and promote engagement with other students and faculty via commenting. The Sloan Consortium, devoted to effective online education, recently heralded a similar model: the University of Nevada Las Vegas Journalism School’s use of WordPress and BuddyPress for multiuser blogging was cited as an educational innovation.

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Office Hours: Citation Fixation

Tame the Web - Mon, 2014-10-20 18:07

Here’s last month’s column – all about getting too hung up on citation formatting:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/09/opinion/michael-stephens/citation-fixation-office-hours/

But wait—shouldn’t we be teaching soon-to-be librarians how to cite properly so they in turn can deliver the gospel to their young charges in the university? And grading them down for every missed period or italicized article title? I’d argue that instead of citation fixation we promote reflection and consideration of the ideas presented in our courses. To synthesize is a sometimes overused verb in higher education, but it works in this instance. Students encountering new ideas and voices of any discipline are better served by someone who can nudge them toward critical examination and combining ideas into cohesive structures that help them understand the world. From that understanding should come new ideas, not a perfectly cited reference.

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Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham

Today I review two books that have the potential to be wildly popular with teens–and wildly challenging for school librarians. Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham are media forces, women who excel in professions dominated by men. They both succeed through the sheer force of their personalities, and to some extent through their willingness to say outrageous things out loud.

Both of their books are best suited to the New Adult, college-age, early 20’s reader. But older teens are going to be attracted to them, as they are basically the misadventures of two girls growing up.

I’m going to start with How to Build a Girl, one of the most exciting books I have read this year. I can’t remember the last time I dog-eared so many pages in a book. Not just for the pitch-perfect voice and comedic timing, but also for the many beautiful coming-of-age moments.

But can I add it to my high school library’s collection? No. I hope teens find it–perhaps at their public libraries?–but I can’t hand it to them personally. Because the author goes a couple steps too far. It’s not the voice or the language, outrageous as they are. It’s certainly not the family dynamics or the good heart of its heroine, who even in her most raunchy moments retains a certain naivete and sweet determination to pursue her passions. If you read this book, you probably won’t agree with me–until the final quarter. And that’s when the graphic quality of the sex scenes goes over the top. Yes, they are followed by a most lovely denouement, where a girl gets to know and love herself–not the self she layered over her real self, but herself. Still, it’s too much for my community. 

But, if you serve teens in a more liberal community? Oh, please buy this. Please promote it. Readers will love this girl, and they will feel for her so deeply. She quotes the musical “Annie” in her first meeting with a group of hard-core rock music journal executives and expects them to get her humor! She is in some ways wonderfully self-aware, in others completely naive. Either way, she throws herself into situations completely beyond her experience. In the bathroom checking herself out before that first big meeting, “I can see where I have drawn Dolly Wilde on top of my own face–the two uneasily co-existing–but perhaps others can’t. If I walk and talk fast enough, maybe no one will notice.” That’s Dolly all over–fake it ’til you make it.

They will ache to read moments like this one. Sitting next to a co-worker on an airplane, she can’t let him know that it’s her first time flying. “I don’t want him to see what I look like when I do something for the first time. I dont’ want anyone watching me change. I will do all my changing in private. In public I am, always, the finished thing. The right thing, for the right place. A chrysalis is hung in the dark.”

Or cheer for the moment her roll as a vicious, feared critic ends after a trusted friend tells her: “You need to see loads of girls, screaming, because that’s what you are. A big screaming girl from the Midlands. You’re an enthusiast, Dolly. Come and enthuse. Come and be a teenage girl again. Come and be a fan.” I think about his saying that. His words are like Glinda’s kiss on my forehead. I’m an enthusiast who’s been pretending to be a cynic. But I have been correctly labeled now. I am for things–not against them. I must remember this. Mainly because this is more fun.”

And now for Not That Kind of Girl. It was an interesting experience reading these two books one week apart. I read How to Build a Girl first, and I can’t help but think that I might have been more impressed by Dunham’s writing if that hadn’t been the case. But after all of the life in Moran’s prose, all the bravado of her young protagonist, Dunham’s determination to paint herself as the most bumbling and awkward of all girls fell a bit flat.

Of course, Moran’s book is (presented as) fiction and Dunham’s is a book of personal essays. Maybe it isn’t fair to compare. I almost gave up on Not That Kind of Girl about a third of the way through, annoyed by the voice. But I picked it up the next day and read to the end. Then read the whole thing over again more carefully. Dunham is very smart and she’s a unique storyteller. She is talking directly to today’s young people and their experience. But it wasn’t a satisfying experience, and I’m still trying to figure out why. Is it because, despite all the personal stories, I finished feeling like I knew almost nothing about her? Is it because despite placing her book in a feminist context in the introduction, she gives only the barest glimpses of the successful businesswoman she has become? Maybe I’d like to be able to see the connection between her earlier life and what she has achieved?

Will teens agree? I did add Not That Kind of Girl to my library’s collection, because I want to see if Dunham approaches the popularity of Tina Fey and Bossypants, which was such a hit. So far, it’s been on display for a week and no one has picked it up. Maybe this really is more New Adult.

I leave you with two quotes, in which the books end with similar moments of acceptance:

Moran: “And some versions of you will end in dismal failure… Others will achieve temporary success…But one day you’ll find a version of you that will get you kissed, or befriended, or inspired, and you will make your notes accordingly, staying up all night to hone and improve upon a tiny snatch of melody that worked. Until–slowly, slowly–you make a viable version of you, one you can hum every day…until you stop having to think about who you’ll be entirely–as you’re too busy doing, now.”

Dunham: “Soon you will find yourself in more and more situations you don’t want to run from. At work you’ll realize that you’ve spent the entire day in your body, really in it, not imagining what you look like to the people who surround you but just being who you are. You are a tool being put to its proper use. That changes a lot of things.”

MORAN, Caitlin. How to Build a Girl. 341p. HarperCollins/Harper. Sept. 2014. Tr $26.99. ISBN 9780062335975.  

This hilarious, raw, profanity- and sex-filled novel is a gold mine of perfectly turned phrases that illuminate the pain and glory of growing up. Fourteen-year-old Johanna Morrigan lives with her parents and brothers in a council flat in a small town north of London. After humiliating herself on live television, she determines to reinvent herself. She will become a rock journalist and call herself Dolly Wilde. It doesn’t matter that she’s never been to a live show and can’t afford records. She borrows albums from the library and writes reviews and sends them to the editors of Disc & Music Echo magazine. They invite her to London for a meeting. Everything about Dolly is completely outrageous—her actions, words, outfit, makeup. And it works! She leaves high school and proudly uses her earnings to help support her family. Life is full of music, alcohol, and men who will sleep with her even though she’s overweight. She soon becomes notorious for her vicious reviews. The teen also wants to become legendary for having lots of sex, and she does. But by 17, Dolly realizes that she is losing touch with herself, and those realizations ring true and earned. This thinly veiled autobiography is wise and revealing and has a heart of gold at its core. Give it to mature teens and new adults with a high tolerance for profanity and graphic sex. Readalikes range from the poverty and family devotion of Angela’s Ashes (Scribner, 1996) to the bold sexuality of Grasshopper Jungle (Dutton, 2014).—Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

DUNHAM, Lena. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Women Tells You What She’s “Learned.” illus. by Joana Avillez. 265p. Random. Sept. 2014. Tr $28. ISBN 9780812994995. LC 2014029492.  

Dunham, writer, director, producer, and star of the TV show Girls offers a collection of personal essays in which she hopes to make her own misadventures useful to other young women. “I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.” She begins with “Love & Sex,” in which she relates losing her virginity and her attraction to men who treat her badly. Dunham’s writing is self-deprecating, clever, and original, and touches upon deep topics, such as self-respect. Other entries cover summer camp, her first mindless retail job, and what she’s learned from her parents. She throws in humorous lists, such as “My Top Ten Health Concerns” (lamp dust and tonsil stones?). Among the compulsions, obsessions, and insecurities, readers get glimpses of the strong woman who is creating her own media empire. In “Body” Dunham shares what it’s like filming nude sex scenes, and why they’re important in the fight against media images that tell us “our bodies aren’t right.” She is upfront about her relationship with food and dieting, in serious and hilarious turns. The final essay, “A Guide to Running Away for Twenty-Seven-Year-Old Women” is about coming-to-terms with loving your work, becoming yourself, and choosing to settle with a person who is good to you as only Dunham could write it. Teens who watch Girls will consider themselves mature enough for the content, and the overall message is one they need to hear—we all deserve success in work and in personal relationships, even if we are not perfect.—Angela Carstensen, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City

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E-Learning in the Library

LITA Blog - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:00
Pixabay, 2008

Online education has extended its presence to public libraries. Online learning and career training, by services such as Ed2Go and Lynda, are usually offered complimentary to college and university students. Similar services such as Gale Courses, Universal Class and Treehouse are geared toward public library use.
Gale Courses is a subscription service of Cengage Learning. It is a hybrid of Ed2Go, offering courses that range from GED preparation to PC Security. Courses are six weeks in length and are instructor led.
Universal Class offers hundreds of courses on a variety of topics, including dog obedience training, to patrons of diverse interests. Courses are self-paced and users can begin a course at anytime.
Treehouse is uniquely geared toward web design, development and programming for personal computers and mobile device applications. Users can select self-paced educational Tracks that are focused on a specific development area.

An alternative to MOOCs
A considerable population of the general public cannot afford to pursue a formal education. Extending the services of the library into web-based learning, online courses provide access to continuing education for the general public. The mention of free online education is not complete without a nod to massive open online courses (MOOC). MOOCs can be non-profit or commercial. They offer free or affordable online education, of varying course structure, to students around the world. Though MOOCs and open courseware are comparable alternatives, library-hosted continuing education offers additional incentives from those of most freely available online courses.

Education as a service
One advantage to using a service provided by the public library is that patrons can use the computers available on site. For patrons lacking home computer access, they can incorporate another library service into their education. Continuing education courses are free to library card holders at participating libraries. If your regional library does not offer the service, you can always purchase a library card from a participating library. Considering that each course can range from $50 to the mid $100s, the benefit of access to hundreds of courses outweighs the cost of purchasing a library card. Patrons will receive a certificate of completion for each completed course and in the case of Universal Class they will receive continuing education units that are approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Treehouse opts for using a point-based system and Badges, digital awards, which signify a user’s progress. Online education also helps to highlight the public library as an evolving source of public information.
All three continuing education providers, offer free trials and demo courses for anyone interested in their services.

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#hyperlibMOOC Update

Tame the Web - Fri, 2014-10-17 16:48

Together, we’d like to thank everyone who expressed interest in a second iteration of the #hyperlibMOOC.  We believe our MOOC filled an interesting gap in the MOOC phenomenon by providing community-centered, large-scale learning specifically for library and information science professionals.  Our reflections, both scholarly and personal, show that this experience was formative for ourselves as scholars and as a teachers.  But more importantly, we recognize that the #hyperlibMOOC provided a new, engaging way for our students to continue their professional development and lifelong learning.

At this time, we will be unable to offer another iteration of the #hyperlibMOOC.  This is due in part to logistics and professional requirements on our part.  But rest assured, it is our intention to revive the MOOC here shortly.  In fact, we have applied for a Knight Foundation grant to offer and expand the #hyperlibMOOC to reach more professionals and teach more topics related to the hyperlinked library.

Please continue to check back at the #hyperlibMOOC, the Twitter account, and at SJSU’s School of Information MOOC page.  For information about research results regarding the #hyperlibMOOC, see Michael’s dedicated page at Tame The Web.

Many thanks,

Kyle Jones & Michael Stephens

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Webcast – Participatory, Continuous, Connected | Top Trends from Library 2.014

Tame the Web - Fri, 2014-10-17 12:58

Link: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/10/webcasts/participatory-continuous-connected-top-trends-from-library-2-014/

Participatory, hyperlinked library services; DIY and maker movements; emerging technology in academic and research libraries; Google Glass—the Library 2.014 conference covered a broad range of topics and these were among the most notable. Join us for this free LJ webcast, where we’ll cover the highlights of each one and offer key takeaways.

  • Michael Stephens will discuss participatory, hyperlinked library services in a connected world of “continuous computing.”
  • Susan Hildreth will reflect on how the DIY and maker movements—particularly as they relate to STEM education (with badges to certify skill development)—place libraries as central learning hubs for their communities.
  • Samantha Adams Becker taught the first online course ever to take place in Facebook. She will explore emerging technology uptake—especially digital communication formats—in various education sectors including academic and research libraries.
  • Ayyoub Ajmi will describe experiences using Google Glass at the UMKC School of Law Library—what they did with it, what they couldn’t do, and what’s for the future.

Join Michael Stephens who will moderate a lively and insightful discussion with our panel of distinguished experts.

Panelists:

Ayyoub Ajmi, Digital Communications & Learning Initiatives Librarian, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)

Samantha Adams Becker, Senior Director of Communications, New Media Consortium

Susan Hildreth, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Moderator:

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor and monthly columnist for Library Journal

Can’t make it October 30th? No problem! Register now and you will receive an email from Library Journal with the URL to access the archive for this event.

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Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Vol. 2

LITA Blog - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:15
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852)

Happy Belated Ada Lovelace Day, LITA Blog Readers! In honor of Ada Lovelace, the forward-thinking mother of scientific computing, I’m highlighting opportunities to really get to know your data (and users) in this Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself installment.

Once again, Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (TYBYWY) is a curated selection of upcoming free webinars, classes, and other opportunities designed to help you learn and master new technologies and stay ahead of tech trends.

Your Monthly MOOC  -

This edition of TYBYWY, I am recommending a Coursera MOOC helmed by faculty from UC San Diego. Human-Computer Interaction Design may sound like a dry topic- but I know that you know that we all need to get better at designing online experiences that please and engage our patrons, constituents or students. The course promises to,  help “you build human-centered design skills, so that you have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology.” This five week course sounds like an excellent and immersive opportunity for next gen librarians to get their sea legs in designing for better user experiences.

Worthwhile Webinars –

ProQuest and Library Journal are teaming up for a three-part webcast series on Data-Driven Academic Libraries, developed in partnership with ER&L. Excited yet? What if I mentioned that speakers include librarians from Yale, Harvard, and University of Southern California? Now you’re in.

This series includes the following sessions:

A Little Something Different –

Classes and webinars are helpful learning opportunities, and I encourage you to take them, but you can also learn a lot through involvement and discourse. And there’s no better place for that kind of interaction than on Twitter. To commemorate Ada Lovelace, and to get you immersed in the Technology TwitterCom, here some excellent twitter accounts to help TYBYWY.

The Ada Initative – Named in honor of the Countess herself, The Ada Initiative is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase women’s participation in the free culture movement, open source technology and open culture.

Digital Public Library of America – The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to all. They post pretty pictures and useful information.

The Open Source Initiative – The OSI, a non-profit corporation with global scope, supports education in & advocacy for the benefits of open source software & communities.

LITA – Shameless self-promotion, I realize, but are you following us yet?

Tech On, TYBYWYers-

TYBYWY will return 11/14. Let me know if you have any specific requests!

 

Categories: Library News

Jobs in Information Technology: October 15

LITA Blog - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:55

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing.  Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.

New This Week

Assistant Coordinator, Stacks and Circulation,  Colorado State University,  Fort Collins, CO

Digital Archivist, University of Georgia Libraries,  Athens,  GA

Metadata Systems Specialist, NYU, Division of Libraries, New York City,  NY

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

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Mr. Miracle : a Christmas novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9780553391626
    Author: Macomber, Debbie


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Burn [sound recording] /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9781478956488
    Author: Patterson, James, 1947-


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Spark : a novel /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9780385538671
    Author: Twelve Hawks, John


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Ghost wanted /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9780425266151
    Author: Hart, Carolyn G.


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Deadline /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9780399162374
    Author: Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-


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The silent sister /

New At the Library - Wed, 2014-10-15 11:18

    ISBN: 9781250010728
    Author: Chamberlain, Diane, 1950-


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