Fall is a wonderful time to find yourself back in class picking up new professional skills (or dusting off old ones). Here are some courses and workshops coming up in 2013 that caught my attention and offer a nice professional boost. These classes range in price from free to a bit costly and they’re sure to give anyone who’s been out of the classroom a healthy dose of back to school jitters.
I’ve signed up for “Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information” a free course from Coursera, one of the organizations driving the MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) phenomenon. The course is taught by Jeffrey Pomerantz of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Before you sign up, know that there is some required background knowledge in coding. If you don’t have experience with HTML, you may want to try Codeacademy. People love Codeacdemy’s hit the ground running style. You’ll start coding the second your browser opens the link.
Library Juice Press offers classes through Library Juice Academy. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, good news for some certified librarians. The topics are broad and include “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers”, “Considering an Open-Source ILS” and “Introduction to RDA.” They’re all offered at the affordable price of $175.00. Library Juice Academy also offers a Certificate in User Experience (UX). Through the certificate program, you can gain fundamentals of user experience and learn to apply user-centered strategies to library websites. The program covers topics like “Designing a Usable Website” and “Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing.”
And, if you’re looking for something to energize your life goals, there’s James Victore’s “Take This Job and Love It.” In the creator’s words, the one day event is about “work, life and bucking the status quo.” Victore wants you to unlock the creative skills you already have. This October, topics will include “The value of being unreasonable” and “Accepting responsibility for your awesomeness.” Full day passes will cost $250.00 and it’s $500.00 for a “Badass” ticket.