The folks over at E-Book Friendly  shared an infographic from McGraw-Hill Education illustrating the changing role of librarians.



MOOC’s Now: Everything You Need to Design, Set-Up and Run a Massive Open Online Course

Book cover  for MOOC's NowI recently read MOOC’s Now by Allman and Jumba and found it a worthwhile read.  This is the first book to cover the phenomenon of MOOCs from the perspective of veteran librarians.

I found the book to be well-organized, and thorough. Allman and Jumba grapple with important and difficult questions including:

  • Do MOOC’s threaten traditional higher education models?
  • How do you determine if a MOOC is an appropriate medium for your course content
  • Who is your audience?
  • Why are you considering a MOOC?
  • What can be done about student retention in an anonymous venue of a MOOC?

Allman and Jumba also address practical issues including

  • Choosing an appropriate platform  for the course to be offered
  • Determining the audience
  • Enrollment  and participation
  • “Grades” badges, course activities and evaluation
  • Instructor feedback and availability
  • Costs, (teachers, developers, licensing, and software) and more
  • How to decide whether you should offer your MOOC for free or require a fee and offer a certificate upon course completion.
  • Copyright issues surrounding materials used in the course and the administration required.

I was very pleased to see the authors explore and explain accessibility options and why it is important to not overlook making the course accessible – and not just for individuals with disabilities. They also point out that with the truly global nature of MOOC’s that time and time zones matter and can impact the types of decisions one needs to make. This guide also explains various options for options for the presentation of audio, video and text content; whether to give assignments or tests.

MOOC’s Now book answers these questions and many more, offering a practical and realistic guide to MOOCs.  Most importantly it is an excellent guide that will help anyone involved in higher education to better understand MOOCs and enable them to make decisions about whether and how to offer MOOCs.

This title was a good read, well-written and informative.

MOOC’s Now: Everything You Need to  Design, Set-Up and Run a Massive Open Online Course.  Susan W. Alman, Jennifer Jumba, Editors (c)2017 ISBN 978-1-4408-4457-7, Libraries Unlimited 117 pages.

About the Authors

Susan W. Alman,  is a lecturer at San Jose State University (SJSU), was formerly director of the online education program at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Jumba, MLIS, works at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio, where she specializes in adult reference.

Little Golden Books Celebrate Diamond Anniversary

Books are a huge part of my life.  I’m a reader, and always have been. Until I could read, Mom or Dad often read to me, especially at bedtime.  My father read “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter so often that he could soon recite it without needing the book – though I suppose I wanted to look at the pictures.

When I was a little older, before heading home to the farm, Dad would pick up the Sunday paper from the drugstore after church. Often I’d find a Little Golden Book tucked somewhere in the bundle.  Little Golden Books were and are, a special kind of magic.

So it was, with some astonishment that I realized  that this year is the 75th anniversary of the debut of the Little Golden Books (LGB) in 1942.   In talking to a professional colleague, we agreed that a display in the library featuring the LGB’s would be a fun and wonderful display.   I had so much fun going through a box of LGB’s to find some to lend for the display.  I chose titles,  whose copyright was at least 50 years old if not a bit older.  Suffice it to say, had a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Little Golden Books


Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals

Earlier this year, I read Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals, (© 2016, Libraries Unlimited, paperback, Information Services to Divers Populations book cover166 pages, ISBN-10: 1440834601, ISBN-13: 978-1440834608).

This is the latest work by Nicole A. Cooke.  Cook is an assistant professor at The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and program director for the MS in Library and Information Science.

Cooke says that she wrote the book that she wanted to use in her classroom for her course, Information Services for Diverse Populations (LIS 547). In it, she addresses perennially important and emerging topics in librarianship, such as diversity, cultural competence, and social responsibility. Cooke’s work also examines research in the areas of diversity and social justice in librarianship. She also explores how social responsibility is fundamental to  librarianship.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Diversity, Inclusion and Information Services
  2. Developing Cultural Competence
  3. A Sampling of Diverse Populations
  4. Services to Diverse Populations
  5. Managing Diversity
  6. Becoming New Storytellers: Counter Storytelling in LIS

The appendices include a sample syllabus and sample assignments. Each chapter also includes questions and for reflection or discussion.

Though the book is a textbook, it is a thorough resource that introduces readers to the contexts and situations that encourge the development of empathy and building cultural competence.

As the diversity of the clientele we serve in libraries, continues to increase, developing cultural competency skills and social awareness becomes all the more urgent. Cooke’s work can benefit veteran practitioners, employers and LIS students, and the library profession at large.