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Registration will remain open until October 15th....

LEARNING FROM YOUR DESKTOP: OCTOBER 12 to NOVEMBER 19
6 week ONLINE course  work at your own pace from your desktop

Getting Started on Weblogs and RSS
Instructor: Amanda Etches-Johnson, McMaster University

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Weblogs (or blogs) are well on their way to becoming a staple on the
Internet, and libraries have begun to take advantage of blog technology to
keep their Web content fresh and easy to update. Additionally, RSS (Rich
Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication) is fast becoming the standard for
online content delivery. This course explores both of these emerging
technologies within the library context and provides course participants
with the information and hands-on experience necessary to make use of blogs
and RSS to serve their users.

KEY TOPICS EXPLORED IN THIS WORKSHOP
You will:
*    learn what a basic weblog is and be introduced to weblog features and
terminology
*    explore some of the ways blogs can be used in your library
*    learn how to create and maintain a blog
*    have the opportunity to create a blog as part of the course
*    be introduced to RSS
*    examine RSS content using aggregators
*    explore some of the ways in which RSS can make your library website
more dynamic

HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT
You will get a guided, hands-on introduction to blogging which will include
the opportunity to create your own blog. You will explore the vast variety
of library-related blogs on the Internet, and understand how blogs can be
put to use in a library setting. Additionally, you will learn about the ways
in which RSS feeds can be used in a library setting, and learn how to set-up
and receive RSS content using aggregators.

FEES: Members: $149.00 + GST / Non-members: $194.00 + GST

Instructor Biography
Amanda Etches-Johnson is a reference librarian at Mills Memorial Library,
McMaster University. She has been an active blogger for two and a half years
and has published and spoken on the use of weblogs and RSS to serve library
patrons. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the use of blogs in libraries
with her fellow librarians and can be found online at
http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net.

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