This five week course will explore portrayals of the incarceration experience in juvenile and young adult literature. Participants will be assigned to read several books written for young people that include scenes in prison or juvenile detention facilities. Each week a one hour online chat will provide a book discussion about the themes of the books and how they can be used with appropriate readers. The chat can also be a model for librarians who want to lead book discussions for their patrons.
What does your library offer to somebody in a hurry? Which display works best and how could it do better? What's the first impression people get from your library? Could small changes improve the experience for your visitors? Customer complaints,surveys and load statistics offer limited answers. To improve the library experience for all your visitors, you need objective evidence about how different groups of patrons actually use and experience the space. This course gives you the tools to collect and use that evidence as a basis for making the best investment of your time and effort when making changes.
Library staff have found short instructional videos to be an effective way to help readers use resources, even when the library is closed. However, patrons who are deaf or have hearing impairments cannot get the full benefit unless the videos have captions.
Unfortunately, technology has not provided a flawless solution. Speech recognition is still an imperfect tool. Planning and attention to detail are needed to create useful and meaningful captions.
This four week course will introduce some free tools that can be used to compose and synchronize captions for instructional videos. Planning and script preparation will also be explored. Participants will be expected to prepare at least one video with captioning.
The Fundamentals of Cataloging (FOC) is a six-week online course that provides an introduction to the principles, policies and practices of cataloging in libraries. It is designed for librarians and library support staff new to cataloging; librarians and library support staff from other units who want to know more about cataloging; LSSC candidates pursuing certification in the Cataloging and Classification competency set; and experienced cataloging librarians and support staff seeking continuing education and networking opportunities.

Course components:
  • Introduction to catalogs and cataloging, including an exploration into the principles behind the development and evolution of cataloging codes and rules
  • Introduction to descriptive cataloging, including bibliographic description and descriptive access points with AACR2 and RDA
  • Introduction to subject analysis and classification, with a focus on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
  • Introduction to reading and understanding MARC 21 formats for bibliographic and authority data
  • Exploration of the history of cooperative cataloging, current trends and some suggestions about the future for cataloging and bibliographic management

Course written by Vicki Sipe, with Dewey Classification Module by Teressa Keenan.

It has been more than 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act that outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities in the United States. Libraries have responded with a variety of initiatives. All libraries have a plan for serving people with disabilities, whether it is installation of ramps or creation of special needs story times. But improvements are always possible.
In this four week course, you will evaluate current library accessibility in areas of physical space, collections, communication, staff development, programming and partnerships. You will explore new technologies, such as mobile apps, that are being used by people with disabilities. You will explore how to include patrons in your planning and implementation process. Then you will begin developing your own plan for improving library services to people with disabilities.