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Flexible, accredited eLearning for information professionals

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An online Professional Development programme of short master’s-level courses for new and aspiring information leaders.
 

Pathways to Information Leadership allows you to choose what and when you study, whilst providing the support and resources of a formal university qualification.

Incorporating the latest thinking, research and best practice on core aspects of information management and leadership, the programme offers over 30 courses  from six key subject areas,designed specifically to meet the needs of those who are in the process of becoming, or aspire to be, information leaders. Combining the benefits of a flexible approach to learning with the rigour and support of a formal university accreditation process and qualification, the programme features:

Accredited eLearning courses by Aberystwyth UniversityOptions to gain Master’s levels credits for postgraduate qualifications in Information LeadershipContinuous enrolment enabling learning to start at any timeAccess to course materials online on desktop and mobile devices.
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I am always looking for new courses. Worth checking out!

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Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science

Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
HYPERLINKED LIBRARY MOOC 

What emerging trends are changing library services? What does the connected world of "continuous computing" mean for 21st Century libraries? The Hyperlinked Library MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides a roadmap toward becoming a participatory, interactive, user-centered library.

The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is a professional development opportunity designed for information professionals and those interested in the topic. The MOOC is not offered for academic credit. SJSU SLIS graduate students who participate in the MOOC will not receive credit toward their master's degrees.

Course description here: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/moocs/hyperlinked-library-mooc?goback=%2Egna_2747909%2Egde_2747909_member_225190881
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Hyperlinked Library MOOC - starting in September 2013 - only open to the first 400 that registers!

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Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council

Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
NEWS: Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries http://t.co/zb1UqFLtaI

 

These exciting new learning packages, known as Universal Class and Transparent Language Courses, provides members of Slough Libraries access to over 350 online courses and 80 foreign language courses free of charge. The courses are available online 24 hours a day, so fit well into busy schedules, whether that’s college, work, childcare, or a combination of the three.

Universal Class offers a fantastic range of topics, from hobbies to technology, business skills to health. As the courses are free, there’s no risk – members can try something they’ve always wanted to, or something they’ve never thought of. Members can register for up to five courses at once, and there’s no commitment on a course if you change your mind.

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Great service via a local library!

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Upton library provides free online classes - Milford Daily News

By Mike Gleason/Daily News staff:

The town library has joined a service that allows it to offer free online courses to its patrons.

Library Director Matthew Bachtold said the library started the service, called "UniversalClass" in mid-February.

"We're trying to branch out into more online accessible things that people can do from home," he said. "Last year, we started offering online language instruction courses through Byki, which stands for 'Before You Know It.'"

The success of that program, he said, led the library to consider further online offerings.

"The biggest issue we have is space limitations," Bachtold said. "We wouldn't have room on our shelves for 500 textbooks, but we can offer 500 courses through this service."



Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x898138140/Upton-library-provides-free-online-classes#ixzz2LtrJ9OBC

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Branching out with more online accessible offerings from the library!

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Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog

Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Tom Kuhlmann :

"PowerPoint is hot. This makes sense because it’s the most popular elearning tool out there. It’s easy to learn. And once you understand how to use it to build rapid elearning courses, the sky’s the limit."

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Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University

Applied Data Science Open Online Course - iSchool - The School of Information Studies - Syracuse University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
As the world's data grow exponentially, organizations across all sectors, including government and not-for-profit, need to understand, manage and use big, complex data sets—known as big data, a term spreading through forward-thinking business dialogue and building job market demand. Data science is the answer to optimizing (or, for starters, simply dealing with) big data. However, the iSchool’s distinct perspective approaches data science with a view of the full data life cycle, going beyond what most discuss as data analytics. iSchool Offering Open Online Course In Applied Data Science Earlier this year, the iSchool successfully ran its first introductory-level MOOC—the popular term for free, massive, open, online courses. Its next offering, called Applied Data Science: An Introduction, introduces similar content in a new format: self-guided learning. Participants will be able to work their way through the course at their own pace without the constraints of deadlines. This course is free of charge and a select number of participants will be invited to try it on October 28. Successfully completed MOOC coursework results in a certificate of completion. For more information, please complete the form below: Questions? Contact iMOOC@syr.edu.
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A MOOC on Big Data management! Course starts on 28 October. Apply now!
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MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians?

MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Leigh Bunton

Libraries and information professionals have been adapting to the impact of online resources for some time now. In my own academic library, we have a Mobile Technology Group to monitor developing trends and ensure that staff are equipped to create, access and advise upon anything from Blogs and Instant Messaging; QR codes, Wikis and RFID, to Smart phones and the mobile version of the library website. There is still a physical connection with our users, however, with a campus full of students attending lectures, accessing online resources provided by the library, receiving research advice, making enquiries at service desks, borrowing books and filling every library space when exams and deadlines loom.

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Another challenge for librarians, but should definitely not be shunned!

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Setting up a mobile technology group sounds like an exciting advance that a Library could use to enhance its research advice to students

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Library receives special distinction for youth programs & Tools for Teachers - Daily Comet

Mary Cosper Leboeuf:

The Terrebonne Parish Library System is one of 16 finalists for the Institute for Museum and Library Service's National Medal, one of the nation's highest honors conferred on libraries for service to...

 

The programmes that made the award possible:

1. Future Leaders of America's Gulf, or FLAG, is an innovative program for teens that the Library System helped implement. The nonprofit organization is a leadership and environmental group for teenagers who advocate and educate for the future of Louisiana's coast and address issues facing the state.

2. “Tools for Teachers,” a series of workshops developed by the Library System's reference staff to help teachers meet their grade-level expectations for their classrooms. The workshops present to teachers what the Library System has to offer to help in the classroom.

3. LEGO robotics

4. Touch-a-Truck

5. Book sale

6. Adult classes

7. VITA - free tax preparation services

8. Library App

9. Digital Magazines made available to patrons

10. e-readers

11. 24 hour access

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This is what everybody should come to expect from their public library!

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The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford

The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are always learning. Whether it’s through reading or watching a mentor work, learning how to do business better is a fundamental part of running a company.

 

"So it’s little wonder many courses in the latest trend of free education are aimed squarely at entrepreneurs. While some may still view free, online courses with a sense of derision, the truth is these resources are quality sources of knowledge."

 

>> Valuable resource for librarians as well!


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