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Online Zotero workshop July

This July I'm teaching  my online Zotero continuing education class for Simmons College School of LIS. It's a four-week class that requires no previous experience. We cover not just the how-to stuff, but best practices for teaching and supporting Zotero in libraries. And you get a free ebook copy of my Zotero guide as the textbook!

It's been a fun and interesting class on previous go-rounds. I'm pretty sure this is the only time this year I'll be teaching this particular class, so if you're interested please check it out.


Continuing ed classes: Zotero and Instruction Boot Camp

I'm teaching two classes for Simmons College's Continuing Education program in the next few months.

February 2012: Zotero: Using and Supporting the Research Power Tool: This is my four-week class on Zotero. We'll cover the basics of installing and using Zotero, all the way up through best practices for supporting and teaching Zotero in your library. (And you get the e-edition of my book along with the course.)

May 1-June 11 2012: Instruction Librarian Boot Camp: We just expanded this course to six weeks based on students' requests to make it longer! This is a great class for new LIS grads looking for your first instruction librarian jobs, or seasoned instructors looking to improve your skills. We cover learning outcomes, technology tools, active learning, and assessment. I'm co-teaching this class with my GSU colleague Sarah Steiner.


Instruction Librarian Boot Camp online course

I'm co-teaching a new online course for the LIS Continuing Education program at Simmons College. In November, my GSU colleague Sarah Steiner and I are teaching:

Instruction Librarian Boot Camp

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
November 1 - November 30, 2011 - PDPs: 15

Whether you’re a new instruction librarian learning the ropes or a seasoned instructor seeking some new skills, this workshop will help you to become a more adept and learner-centered instructor. Learn skills and tools that you can apply to any teaching situation, from one-shot sessions to semester-long courses.

Contents will include an overview of technological and active learning tools that you can use to make your instruction more engaging and memorable, and techniques that will help you to direct, assess, and meaningfully reflect upon your teaching.

Participants will learn how to accomplish the following activities in their library instruction sessions through a combination of reading, discussion, and the construction of individual examples. Participants are welcome to use their own upcoming instruction sessions as the basis for their assignments.

Week 1: Create and use learning outcomes

Week 2: Select and use engaging technology tools

Week 3: Construct active learning classroom activities

Week 4: Design and conduct assessments

Registration is now open! (We're not sure what we're doing about Thanksgiving break. We'll either extend class a couple of days into December or just try to compress the material. We'll let students know the first week of class.)


Online class: They’re Googling You

I mentioned this back in February: I'm co-teaching "They're Googling You: Online Identity for LIS Professionals," an online continuing education class for librarians and other LIS professionals. It's a four-week class running through the month of May.

More info on the Simmons site, and you can register here. My co-instructor is the awesome Beth Gallaway. I hope you can join us.


Simmons workshop on online identity

For a couple of years now my friend Beth Gallaway has been asking me to submit a proposal with her for a Simmons College LIS continuing education class. We finally did it this year, and I'm pleased to say we're co-teaching an online workshop together this spring:

They're Googling You: Online Identity for LIS Professionals

May 1 - 31, 2010

Should you separate your professional online identity from the personal, and if so, how? Self-promotion and branding is becoming increasingly important as library professionals face dwindling traditional employment opportunities, due to layoffs, downsizing, budget cuts, and library closings. On a more positive note, library staff wishing to contribute back to the profession may want to hone a professional identity that makes one marketable for teaching and training purposes, conference speaking or consulting. Developing a professional online identity for either purpose may be a challenging and rewarding endeavor.

More info on the Simmons site, and you can register here. If you've never set up a blog or personal website, you'll learn how -- if you have, we'll talk about how to use it and how to augment it. Topics will include privacy, professional development, personal branding, and technology how-to.