On June 10, 2013, GPLS began exclusive pre-registration for GLEAN for public library systems. Library directors were asked to submit basic employee information to me via a CSV file, and I in turn would batch upload these users into the GLEAN system. Since the opening of pre-registration through this morning, eight library systems have been added to GLEAN, accounting for 500+ new accounts. I’d like to see us hit at least 1,000 by our July 1 launch date.
We also have two suburban library systems in the metro Atlanta area that have decided to utilize GLEAN as their internal learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software platform that allows organizations to automate or more easily administer many aspects of a formal, enterprise-wide training program, such as managing class registrations and rosters, assigning mandatory learning activities to employees, evaluating training initiatives, and running reports. I plan to document and share best practices and lessons learned from those implementations in a post later this year.
And no worries to the rest of our friends in the Georgia library community — we should be able to allow the following personnel to self-register for GLEAN accounts beginning on July 15:
Employees of academic libraries that serve a not-for-profit Georgia college or university
Employees of public school libraries/media centers in Georgia
Employees of GALILEO
Trustees of Georgia public library systems
Library science students at Valdosta State University
Yesterday, nearly 100 eager library staff members attended our first exclusive GLEAN preview for learners. We highlighted the key changes coming to GPLS’s e-learning program for FY14, discussed a few particulars concerning wrapping up Webjunction course usage (remember, the Webjunction Georgia catalog goes away on June 30), and finally pulled back the curtain on the GLEAN system showcasing the wealth of resources available. Based on the questions and comments that came up during the preview, I can definitely see that there is genuine excitement about GLEAN from our library community. If you were unable to attend yesterday’s preview and can’t wait until the next one on July 25th, check out the recording above. If you have any questions about GLEAN that are not addressed in the preview, leave those in the "comments and reactions" area below and I will make sure you get answers.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become extremely popular over the past year and a half through the popularity of open course platforms such as Udacity, Coursera, and edx. Several prestigious academic institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, Duke, Stanford, and UCLA offer free, non-credit bearing courses to anyone motivated enough to participate in them. Not to be left behind, libraries are also examining how MOOCs can improve librarianship (see MOOCs and the public library in the May 10, 2013 Library Journal article, Massive Open Opportunity). I have personally kicked the tires on a couple of MOOCs, such as one on game development with HTML 5 and another on an introduction to computer science to further my professional development, but I have not finished any to date. That will likely change with the opening of Syracuse University’s iSchool new MOOC, New Librarianship Master Class.
The free New Librarianship Master Class, which will be facilitated online from July 8 to August 4, is taught and moderated by R. David Lankes, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf, and Jian Qin. The course aims to provide a foundation for practicing librarians and library science students in new librarianship – a recast vision of librarianship revolving around the concept that knowledge is created by conversation. Sounds pretty intriguing to me, and best of all, it is free and you will also receive an electronic certificate of completion for the iSchool if you finish. Check out the Introduction to the Master Class and Introduction to New Librarianship overview videos to learn more. Register online with the iSchool if you are interested in participating.
Who knows – maybe I’ll see you in class in a few weeks!
After five years of partnering with OCLC Webjunction to bring e-learning to Georgia’s public libraries, GPLS will no longer be a Webjunction partner as of June 30, 2013. Although we will continue to look for non-monetary means to partner with more »