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MOOC: New Librarianship Master Class

R. David Lankes announced on his blog yesterday he will be teaching a free, online class in new librarianship along with Jill Hurst-WahlMegan Oakleaf and Jian Qin. The course description reads:

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees?

The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. New Librarianship recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.

Join iSchool faculty for this online course that provides a foundation for practicing librarians and library science students in new librarianship. It builds on The Atlas of New Librarianship, the 2012 ABC CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature and seeks to generate discussion about the future direction of the profession.

If you’re interested in signing up, you may do so on Syracuse University’s website.

Timothy A. Lepczyk

Tim is an instructional technologist and former librarian. On the side, he writes fiction and poetry, and publishes the magazine Scintilla. You can follow him on Twitter at @thirdcoast.

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Elsa

Hi there, is this course available to anyone? I’m not a librarian per se, I am studying to be one in Australia, have had no library experience behind the desk, just as a patron, but am very keen to get my foot in the door of a library.

The course is a a basic foundation one, a Certificate 3 Information & Cultural Services (a beginner’s course I guess you could call it).

Anyway thought I’d enquire about this online course I was reading on the LJ site.
Regards,
Elsa

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