ConferenceRight now, I only have one conference on my schedule for the first part of 2020.
- Jan. 24-27 - I will be at the ALA Midwinter Conference (ALAmw20) in Philadelphia, PA. The last time I remember ALAmw being in Philly, the city received 11 inches of snow in one day! That made getting to Midwinter (and the ALISE conference before it) rather difficult. Let's hope that the weather is more cooperative this time.
Besides attending sessions and visiting the Exhibit Hall, I would be happy to talk with people about the iSchool Public Libraries Initiative and the research we are engaged in. Please do let me know if you want to meetup and perhaps do lunch at the Reading Terminal Market.
- Copyright for Information Professionals (IST 735) - Jan. 13 - Apr. 28 (asynchronous online, credit-bearing graduate course)
Basic ideas, concepts and perspectives of management as they apply to the information professions. Students learn to understand and apply basic principles of organization theory and behavior and managerial techniques needed to improve organizational effectiveness. This course is offered through Syracuse University.
- US Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner's Guide (ALA eCourse) - Feb. 2 - Mar. 15 (asynchronous, non-credit-bearing)
The library is a hub of content, all of it subject to copyright law. The legal reality of copyright is dynamic—changes in technology have created a landscape that is constantly adapting and can be difficult to predict. If you don't have any formal training in copyright law, it can be intimidating to know how to answer your patrons' copyright questions and to know what you can and cannot do with your library’s content and resources. It can be tough to understand the line between providing information and answering a legal question.
In this eCourse, you will be guided through the basics of copyright law and provided with the foundation to become your library's copyright expert.
Each week, you'll learn how copyright law informs what libraries, library staff, and patrons can do with their materials and how you can stay up-to-date as this area evolves. You'll be able to check and affirm your knowledge through focused self-assessments. This asynchronous eCourse is offered through ALA Publishing.
- The Public Library as Institution (IST 600) - Mar. 25 - June 16 (online with synchronous and asynchronous components each week)
This credit-bearing course covers the unique aspects of public libraries include structure, governance, funding, and community interactions. In addition, public libraries are impacted by many societal concerns. This course prepares students to examine and support those areas of public librarianship. This course is offered through Syracuse University.