Workshops and seminars
I thoroughly enjoy presenting half-day, whole-day, and multiple-day workshops and seminars. As with teaching, my goal is to send participants home feeling competent and enthusiastic. I am accustomed to teaching and presenting online via Skype or web-based conference software. Please contact me with opportunities!
Please contact me about teaching opportunities. I am happy to teach online, and will consider a wide range of technology-oriented courses. My particular specialties are XML and metadata, institutional repositories, digital preservation, and data curation.
LIS 644: Digital Trends, Tools, and Debates
In 2007, I redeveloped “Digital Trends, Tools, and Debates” for the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies. The course is both an introductory technology course for librarians who take few or no other courses in technology, and a gateway for specialized courses in database design, information architecture, and markup/metadata.
My chief goal for the course is increasing learners’ self-efficacy confronted with novel technology. I also convey that technology does not spring full-formed from the head of Jove, but is embedded in complex legal, professional, and social contexts that repay observation.
Publishing, Knowledge Institutions, and Society: E-Revolutions
This advanced course, originally taught for the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explores changes in the publishing and library industries that promise to impact collection development in libraries. Topics include:
- electronic books
- open access
- crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
- Google Books
- textbook and reference publishing
Assignments and discussions aimed at students learning the need for and process of strategic planning and targeted information activism.
LIS 855/LIS 590DCL: Digital Curation
This course, designed for UW-SLIS and taught both there and at Illinois’s GSLIS, provides a broad overview of the social and technical challenges involved in digital preservation and the whole-lifecycle management of research data. Students worked in groups with campus stakeholders, writing data-curation profiles for them and improving the survival chances of several worthwhile campus datasets.