Who is this course for?
This course is designed for those interested in or already working in the information profession. Our group is based in Ireland but content of the modules is relevant wherever you live.
Do I have to be a member of the LAI
You don't have to be a member of the LAI or any other professional organisation to do the course.
What do I have to do to sign up?
The first thing to do is to follow this blog by email. To register your blog click on this link to fill in the registration form. You don't have to do this until after Thing 1: Blogging.
How long is the course?
The course has 23 modules to complete over 14 weeks. We will usually publish two modules a week, sometimes only one with catch-up weeks in between. The first thing starts on the 7th of July and the last one will be published on the 12th of October. You will need to complete all 23 things by the end of November if you want to receive a CPD certificate.
How much time will I need to do the course?
The course is self directed so you can invest as much or as little time as you wish. The average time required to read a 'thing' and complete a task should be about one hour. You will also need to write your own blog post for each thing, to show that you have completed it. It's ok to combine more than one thing in a blog post.
What skill-level is required for the course?
This is an introductory level course. You will probably have already heard about some of the things before and may even be familiar with a lot of them. There will be links for further exploration in each thing if you want to learn more.
Do I really have to do the thing on Facebook?
Even if you think a thing is not for you we would recommend that you still complete the task. You can always blog about why you didn't like it afterwards.
What's in it for me?
Everyone will get something different from the course. You will hopefully learn some new web tools that can enhance your professional career. Also it will be an opportunity to connect with other library professionals online and see what they are doing in their work and maybe be inspired to try something new or different. Most importantly we hope that you will have fun.
What do I get at the end?
The course is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland. When you finish the course you will receive a certificate for Continuing Professional Development from the LAI which can be added to your portfolio for attaining a Fellowship or Associateship. As well as that, you will have a fully functioning professional blog, as well as an introduction to a dynamic and up-to-date online network of information professionals.
Can I do this course when I'm at work?
It may be difficult to access some of the sites you need to look at via your work computer. However, many of them have apps which you can access via a smart phone or tablet if you have one. It's possible to have our blog posts sent directly to your email inbox and you can also post to your blog by email. We will cover that in one of the things.
What equipment will I need to do the course?
You will need a computer with Internet access. You may be able to do a lot of the course on your smart phone or tablet.
What happens if I miss a week?
The blog posts remain on the blog once they're up so you can read previous 'things' that you might have missed. There will be catch-up weeks also if you are falling behind.
Will there be help available?
There will be a team of people available to help if you have any questions. As well as this blog, we are on twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. You can also email us anytime with questions.