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Professional Development Opportunities for MARS Members


(From Section VI of the MARS Task Force Report on Continuing Education and Publications, 2008)

Listed below are selected continuing education opportunities not sponsored by MARS, but by other sections and divisions of ALA, other library and library-related organizations and associations, and some private companies


Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services

Blog “devoted to the use of online social networking sites for any and all types of libraryrelated programs or services.”


Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies

A one-day online conference


Date:  Friday June 8, 2012
“The conference will cover a variety of topics, including developing a mobile website for your library, building a simple mobile-optimized web app, and practical usability checklists for mobile websites.”
Fees and Registration: Various options, including $49 for students,  $89 for single Amgios member to $299.00 for a Amigos non member group. http://www.amigos.org/civicrm/event/register?id=150&reset=1
Sponsor: Amigos Library Services http://www.amigos.org/

Brick and Click Libraries


November 12; 2012 Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri “The ‘Brick and Click Libraries’ symposium has been hosted by Northwest Missouri State University since 2001. The symposium was created because of the need for practical and affordable professional development opportunities for academic librarians. In order to successfully support the academic information needs of both on-ground (brick) and online (click) students, library professionals and paraprofessionals must continually expand their knowledge base and awareness of new resources and applications. The symposium Proceedings also provides a publishing venue for academic librarians, as well as contributing to the professional literature.”

Registration: Due October 12, 2012, http://brickandclick.org/

Mississippi State University Libraries eResource and Emerging Technology Summit http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/msuleets/

Dates:  Friday and Saturday August 3 & 4 2012

Topics:  eResource topics will be covered on August 3rd, Emerging technologies on August 4th 

Fees: $80.00 for two days, $50.00 for one day. Special rates for students and NASIG members.

Registration: http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/msuleets/?page_id=586

Sponsor:  Mississippi State University Libraries http://blogs.library.msstate.edu/msuleets/


WRAP-UP 2012, ALA Annual. Webinar. http://www.alatechsource.org/
Date and Time:
Friday, June 29, 
2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central/ 11am Pacific
A discussion of the technology buzz at Annual Conference.:
Panelists: Sue Polanka, Marshall Breeding,  David Lee King
Q&A after the panelists' presentations.
Fees: Free
Registration: http://www.alatechsource.org/
Sponsor: ALA TechSource http://www.alatechsource.org/



ALA TechSource: Your source for the latest in library technology

“Ala TechSource is a unit of the publishing department of the American Library Association. “Lists publications (available by subscription), provides a blog and sponsors workshops. Lists of workshops and registration requirements for same are available at http://www.alatechsource.org/workshops


Learning 2.0: 23 Things

“Welcome to Learning 2.0, an online self-discovery program that encourages the exploration of web 2.0 tools and new technologies, specifically 23 Things. This program was originally developed and launched for the staff at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in August 2006….Since the program's launch, the exercises here have helped other library systems develop programs of their own…If you're interested in duplicating this program for your own staff, please feel free to do so under Creative Commons.” From the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County web site.


Library and Information Science: A Guide to Online Resources; Library of Congress (LOC)

“This guide is intended for individuals without ready access to print resources and subscription databases in the field of library and information science. It compiles free, full-text resources available on the web for use by librarians, library technicians and students in the field. In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions page provides answers to a number of the most common library and information science questions received by the Library of Congress.” Topics include: online subject guides, full-text resources and interlibrary loan and document delivery. LOC also offers a monthly orientation to its website.  See http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/orientation.html


Lyrasis: Classes and Events

Lyrasis was created in 2009 by the merger of SOLINET and PALINET.   Among many other things, "LYRASIS offers members cutting-edge education and innovative technology solutions."


MIT OpenCourseWare (through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“The OpenCourseWare movement, begun at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) in 2002 and now spread to some 120 other universities worldwide, aims to disperse knowledge far beyond the ivy-clad walls of elite campuses to anyone who has an Internet connection and a desire to learn.” From the MIT OpenCourseWare web site. Included in this free program are 1,800 courses in disciplines such as architecture, chemistry, foreign languages and literature and political science. While there are no courses specifically designed in library science, courses in the 35 fields that are available may assist librarians working with professors and students in those areas.


2010 NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Events

NISO will be hosting 16 events throughout the coming year, including 13 webinars and 3 in-person events focusing on a range of technological- and standards-related topics affecting the library and publishing communities. Among the important topics that will be addressed are: assessment, interoperability, preservation, identification, RFID, metadata and accessibility. The complete list of 2010 NISO Educational events is listed below.

NISO’s web seminars are held on the second Wednesday of each month, except July. There are also two 2-part seminars planned for March and September, which will take place on consecutive Wednesdays. The meetings take place at 1:00 pm EST and are approximately 90 minutes. The cost per site will be $89 for NISO members and $109 for non-members. An unlimited number of people can participate per site. In partnership with NASIG, NISO will also continue to offer member discounts to current NASIG members.

Click here to learn more about NISO's Education Committee, which is responsible for determining the topical focus of educational programs, setting an agenda, and recruiting speakers. 

RUSA Online Courses

RUSA offers online public services courses to members and non-members. Current courses include: Genealogy 101, Reference Interview, Business Reference 101, Readers’ Advisory 101 and Marketing Basics for Libraries. More information is available from the RUSA Web page above.


Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education

"We offer more than 35 half-day, full-day, evening, and weekend institutes and workshops each semester at our Boston and Mount Holyoke campuses, online, and elsewhere throughout New England. Our workshops are scheduled on weekends or online for the convenience of practicing librarians and other professionals."
Dates: Monthly. September through March.  http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/careers/continuing-education/workshops/date.php
Sample topics of interest to the MARS community: They're Googling You: Online Identity for LIS Professionals
-- Keeping Up With New Technologies, While Keeping Your Sanity
-- Winning Library Grants
-- Strategic Information Arrangement: Theory and Techniques
-- Extending Mobile Library Services with QR Codes
-- Digital Copyright
-- Periodical/Database Indexing.
Registration: http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/careers/continuing-education/faq.php#faq1432


SirsiDynix Institute 


“Attend online as the SirsiDynix Institute presents compelling speakers selected from among leaders in librarianship and information technology. In each biweekly free Web conference, presenters will share their expertise and enhance your understanding of current topics important to librarians. Participating in Web conferences is as easy as typing a URL into your Web browser. Space for each event is limited…” From the SirsiDynix Institute website. The SirsiDynix archive includes programs such as Marshall Breeding's session from June 13, 2008 on Beyond Web 2.0: Taking the social read-write Web to the enterprise level and Frank Cervone's session on Trends in e-Learning: What does it mean for Libraries? From May 21, 2008


Web Junction

Web Junction offers courses in a wide variety of areas from Office 2007, Government Resources on the Web and Marketing Virtual Reference Services. The cost of the courses, taken online, vary in price from free to $180, with teaching formats varying from self-paced to facilitated.

Welcome to OPAL: Online Programs for All


“OPAL is an international collaborative effort by libraries and other organizations to provide web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members. These live events are held in online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over- IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing, and other functions. Usually there is no need to register. Nearly all OPAL programs are offered free of charge to participants. Examples of OPAL public online programs include book discussion programs, interviews, special events, library training, memoir writing workshops, and virtual tours of special digital library collections.” From the OPAL Online web site. .


Here you can find news and information about Web presentations and presentation tools.

U.S. Public Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies

In spring 2008, the Library Research Service (Colorado) undertook an observational study to assess the prevalence of certain web technologies in Public Libraries in the United States.


Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

List of Library Camps and Unconferences on LISWiki


ALA Connect


The Participatory Librarianship Starter Kit


ALA LearnRT (Learning Round Table of ALA) (formerly CLENE)


Aaron Dobbs's picture

This is a great list of resources, why keep it locked into the group only?
Anyone interested in continuing education would benefit from this list, shouldn't we open it up to public view?


"Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian

Mary Popp's picture

HI!  Good question.  It did not used to be locked.   I will ask the folks who maintain it.


Mary Pagliero Popp

Aaron Dobbs's picture

Yay, this is no longer locked - thx MARS!


"Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian

Linda Keiter's picture

Hope the list is helpful to you.  Any suggestions would be appreciated by the MARS CE Committee.

Linda Keiter,
MARS CE Committee Co-Chair

Mary Niles-Maack (not verified)'s picture

I do read the these announcements -- but I am getting 3 or 4 at a time rather than one or two. PLEASE regulate this so I get ONLY ONE message. Mary Niles Maack

Linda Keiter's picture

Hi Mary,

You control how your email notifications come to you.  When you are logged into ALA Connect, click on "My Profile" in the left column under your name.  Then click on the Edit tab and scroll down to "Email Notifications."  You have several choices.  Let us know if you have questions.

Linda Keiter

Co-Chair, MARS Professional Development Committee


Jo Bell Whitlatch's picture

This link does not connect -Online Training Resources for Librarians http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Online_Training_Resources_for_Librarians


Linda Keiter's picture

Hi Jo Bell,

Thank you for reporting this.  We will take care of it right away.

Linda Keiter
Co-Chair MARS Professional Development Committee