Advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

Advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

ALA Member: 
$ 450.00
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From:  September 10, 2018
To:  December 2, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
12 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
72 Hours
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 An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse

Making sure that your library’s physical space keeps pace with changing technologies and patron needs is a major challenge. You can’t build a new library every year, but it sometimes seems like that might be the only way we could keep pace. If you’re struggling to create a library environment that inspires people to be more creative, collaborative, reflective, and engaged, or if you’re concerned that you won’t be able to meet the present needs of your patrons while also preparing for the future, this course is for you.

In twelve weeks, instructor Alicia Hammond shows you how to create innovative spaces in your library that are tailored to your community’s needs, while working with the resources you have available. Throughout the course, you’ll learn a variety of concepts and techniques that can help you regardless of what your space looks like right now. With an innovative mindset, community engagement skills, and an eye toward modern trends, you can help transform your space and how your community sees your organization.

Advanced Certificate of Completion

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

In this class, you will learn

  • How to cultivate innovative thinking;
  • Creative design ideas for a variety of library spaces;
  • An overview of trends in library spaces including participatory culture, design thinking, and user-centered design; and
  • How to use community engagement to figure out what your community wants.

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on September 10, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Alicia Hammond will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Innovation

  • What makes something innovative?
  • How to be innovative?
  • Finding inspiration/cultivating creativity
  • Idea adaptation

Week 2: Participatory Culture

  • What is a participatory culture?
  • How do you create a participatory culture?
  • Examples of participatory culture

Week 3: User-Centered Design

  • What is it?
  • How can it be used?
  • Case studies of user-centered design

Week 4: Design Thinking

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • Case studies of design thinking using IDEO Design Thinking for Libraries

Week 5: Community Research

  • What does your community want? What do they need?
  • Getting to know your community through community engagement
  • Tools to research your community

Week 6: Service Spaces & Collaborative Learning Spaces

Week 7: Technology Spaces

Week 8: Spaces for Different Age Groups

Week 9: Experiential & Participatory Spaces

Week 10: Spaces Outside of the Library

  • Utilizing space in your community through Pop Up, Outdoor Space, & Vehicles

Week 11: Getting Buy In from Your Community, Co-Workers, & Board

Week 12: Wrap Up

Alicia Hammond

Alicia Hammond is Community Engagement Manager at Forest Park (IL) Public Library.

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