Public Library Seminar – Now a Hybrid Course

In an effort to increase enrollment in the Public Library Seminar class this spring, we are switching it to a hybrid instructional approach. The class will meet at Shady Grove during its normally scheduled time (Mondays, 5:30PM-8:15PM) on the following dates:
Jan. 28
Feb. 18
March 4
March 25
April 8
April 29
The class will also include some online live sessions using Adobe Connect featuring guest speakers from public libraries around our area, but also more broadly. We’ll be using our new online instructional system (Canvas) as our overall organizing tool.
Course Goals
The course is intended for students pursuing careers in public libraries. The goals focuses on understanding public libraries in general, and more specifically on the nature and evolution of public libraries; how public libraries transform communities; the roles of public access technologies in building digitally inclusive communities; understanding the stakeholders and diverse populations with which public libraries interact; building 21st century public libraries; leadership; and skills to plan, develop, and evaluate public library programs.
If you have questions about the course please contact Dr. John Bertot at

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