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  1. Valerie Bross

    Another excellent course from Robert Chavez! Introduces all the basic concepts–but also provides links to tools & documentation for those wanting a deeper study. Chavez is the perfect instructor to encourage beginners, while supporting those with higher-level needs.

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  2. Karen Wilson

    I took the course “Student Staff Development” during the month of January 2015. The course was well done and I learned a lot about hiring, training and evaluating student staff. The rubric for evaluation was something I know our library will begin using. It’s a great way to tie in training with evaluations and will make students aware that their job in the library is valued and a part of their overall learning experience.

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  3. Mary Jane Cuneo

    I took Robert Chavez’s SPARQL Query Language (part 1) class in January 2015, after completing the five other classes in his Library Linked Data series. This class introduces the language that ties all the content of the previous classes together, bringing new meaning to the whole: a great aha moment. Robert Chavez can explain the most complex concepts and details of coding in terms that the neophyte can absorb, and he will stay in dialogue with each student until he/she understands. He can also explain the human/business/technical/historical environment in which Linked Data technologies reside, so we can understand not only what should occur “in the wild,” but also what does occur, and what might occur in the future. Chavez knows the constraints that adult learners have to deal with, so he’s flexible with assignments; but the content of the class is as challenging as you want/need it to be. Our group included both beginners and seasoned techies– all said they got much out of this course. I am amazed at how much I learned in a short time.

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  4. Mary Brunelle

    I took PHP and MySQL with Caleb in January 2015 and Introduction to XML with Robert in February 2015. I enjoyed both classes and got a lot out of them. My only suggestion would be to give a bit more structure to the assignments in both. For instance, in the PHP and SQL class, every student created their own database from scratch. This allows for creativity and the ability to work on one’s own personal projects, but it was hard for students to communicate and help one another. Everyone had their own problems, goals, tasks, etc. I would have benefited a bit more if everyone had been working on the same assignment, so that we all could work through the process together and learn the same concepts. I think online courses really need that structure, more so than in-person classes.

    Both instructors were extremely helpful and responsive. I certainly will look for more classes from them in the future.

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  5. Barb

    I took Beth Knazook’s “Caring for Collections”. I found it very interesting and appealing as I have never studied this topic-archiving and preservation of special collections; I have always had a personal interest in it. I learned a lot and enjoyed learning from the experiences of the other student’s comments. I think it was a good course, except for the long dry technical manuals that were hard to grasp and I don’t know if anyone actually read through all of these. I learn more from other’s actual experiences with their collections, archiving, disasters, etc. Thank you.

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  6. Melanie Brunet

    I took “Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes” in February 2015 with Marcus Banks. Excellent overview of bibliometrics and altmetrics, including their advantages and drawbacks. Marcus designed the course in a way that allowed students to explore aspects of metrics particularly relevant to their work and provided timely and useful feedback on all assignments. Great course!

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  7. Shakti Maisen

    Katie Scherrer’s “Bilingual Storytime at your Bilblioteca” was a fantastic course: excellent materials, knowledgeable and responsive instructor, and great sharing of ideas among participants.

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  8. Melissa Hozik

    Julia Skinner’s course on “Social Media for Libraries” taught me about best practices; gave me the opportunity to converse with her and fellow librarians about our experiences with social media; evaluate my library’s social media presence; and gave me reading and tools which I can share with my social media committee to help us move forward in an organized manner. Ms. Skinner has helped me become a better publicity librarian, and I have already seen improvement in our metrics because I integrated some of what we learned into our daily postings.

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  9. Jean Peick

    Thanks to Robert Chavez for an interesting and enlightening “Introduction to the Semantic Web”. The material was presented in absorbable chunks and provided a good foundation for how all the pieces and parts of the semantic web fit together.

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  10. Piotr Lapo

    Thanks to Robert Chavez for his course “Ontologies and Linked Data.”
    I appreciate its comprehensive overview of the topic, useful tools, clear narration, and practical orientation.
    After such my study experience I want to study more.

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  11. Oliva Montero

    Really good class, I learned a lot from the “Intro to Cataloguing” class. I work as a Library Clerical Assistant and I had no knowledge about cataloguing, for it is not part of my responsibilites. Prof. Melissa provided many free resources that clarified many of my doubts and broaden my knowledge. Overall, this is a class I would recommend to anyone looking to learn the basics of cataloguing.

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  12. Carrie Marten

    Just completed “Introduction to XML” with Robert Chavez. Challenging, but because Robert is so knowledgeable (and why not, this is part of what he does for a living) he is very adept at explaining things in a way that is clear, concise and logical. As a result I quickly grew in confidence as I worked through the materials. A great class, well worth the investment. I will be working to complete the certificate with Robert, but I already feel like I have a better understanding of the foundations of everything our libraries are built on. And while my position does not require me to use XML every day, I have already been able to apply my knowledge to my work. This class has already helped me have a better understanding of some of the materials I am looking at and helping me to better communicate with colleagues. Thanks Robert and Library Juice for this class.

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  13. Rachel Schwedt

    I enjoyed the Introduction to Indexing class very much. The materials were presented clearly and the pace of work required was demanding but not overwhelming. The teacher’s feedback was prompt and she went out of her way to be available to people who had questions.

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  14. Drea Douglas

    I took Debra Lucas-Alfieri’s Marketing the library in the 21st century October, 2015. I found it informative and the instructor responsive. I thought there was a lot of reading, but then I’ve been out of school for a while, and I know it takes me a little while to get back into the grind. Therefore, you should take this comment with a carton of salt.
    Despite not having time to run an actual marketing campaign, I felt the final project brought what we’d learned together, requiring careful consideration of each step and some possible outcomes.

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  15. India Frazier

    I took Marketing the Library in the 21st Century. Though I enjoyed my assignments it seemed to be geared more towards Academic Librarians who have never marketed their libraries before. If that had been in the descirpiton I would have not taken this course. I am not a Librarian and do Marketing/PR for a public library.
    I was also surprised by the small amount of continuing ed credits earned for a month long class but maybe they are weighted different in each state. I am in PA and ususally get 2 to 3 cont ed creidts for 1 in service.
    Instructor Debra Lucas-Alfieri was great! Very accomodating, patient and helpful!

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  16. Alan Mark

    I took Ontologies and Linked Data during December 2015 conducted by Robert Chavez. I thought the structuring of the presentations was extremely good. The assignments were challenging at times but Robert’s answers to any questions including examples when appropriate were always informative. I enjoyed being given concrete tasks to perform following the readings. An excellent class.

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  17. D'Ann Hamilton-White

    I took the Introduction to Book Indexing class and am glad that I did. Materials were informative and the overall project educational. Great experience in creating an index for a short document. The instructor, Joanne Sprott, was exceptionally helpful and supportive in answering students’ questions. She also modified her schedule to accommodate students’ work schedules. The course is well worth the money; I highly recommend it for anyone either considering indexing as a career, or who wants to know more about this field.

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  18. Alexandra De Pretto

    I have just completed the Certificate in XML and RDF-based Systems given by Robert Chavez and have found it a very worthwhile exercise. Although I had some knowledge of the various topics covered, it has given me a much better grounding in the various concepts and tools that we explored and how they all feed into each other. The quality of the material was very good, with comprehensive references and a very useful forum for asking questions. It is a window into a vast subject and I know that the learning will continue but I feel much more confident in how to approach further developments in my work with a much clearer understanding of linked data related activities. It is quite a sustained effort to go through each topic month after month and I personally found it challenging to have the Ontologies and Linked Data module in December but Robert allows for a certain level of flexibility with regards to the assignements, which is very helpful. I would very much recommend this course.

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  19. Merilee Mott

    I absolutely loved the course on Effective Communication Strategies it was so informative. And helpful to me as I am having some of the problems taught in the course. So it taught me how to handle situations. I don’t always do it the best way, but at least I have some information to help me cope.

    The instructor Deb S. was wonderful and helpful with me.

    I hope you continue this course for people who have not been able to take this yet.
    Thank you.

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  20. Josh Rimmer

    I recently enrolled in Catelynne Sahadath course for Library Classification in LC and Dewey. I registered in this course to expand upon materials taught in my grad cataloging course – or lack there of – and was extremely pleased with the course content and hands on experience. Material was presented in a straightforward manner and the instructor provided examples in the lecture notes to clarify cataloging rules. Links were provided to additional readings on Dewey and the LC for students. The instructor took the time to explain answers on quizzes, which was especially helpful for challenging questions. I would highly recommend this course offering to those interested in cataloging – novice, beginner, etc- or those looking to further develop their skills in classifying library materials. Will look at future Library Juice course offerings for sure!

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  21. Jennifer Songster

    I took the Building Relationships, Building Bridges course during March. It was an amazing course and Katie Scherer did a fabulous job teaching it. Truly it was one of the best professional development experiences I’ve had. The course set me up in the perfect position to really start finding and contacting organizations to work with for programming and developing services. I highly recommend the class to anyone who is looking to get out in their Latino community, but isn’t entirely sure how to go about it.

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  22. Kate Todd

    I took the course, Online Instructional Design and Delivery, taught by Mimi O’Malley, in March/April 2016. She was a great instructor who both presented valuable information and modeled an excellent example of an online course. I have been teaching online courses for several years, but was unfamiliar with much of the research that was incorporated into the course. The other students were also engaged with the content and I learned from them as well. I will be able to use the skills I learned in my future teaching.

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  23. Tina Sibley

    I took Introduction to Accessibility and Universal Design in Libraries, taught by Carli Spina. She was a wonderful instructor who provided good information and gave useful, supportive feedback to the learner. I had already started researching the topic of accessibility with respect to online databases and librarian generated digital content and hoped this class would help give me some focus, as the topic is vast. It did that and more! Now I notice all sorts of poor design online and in physical buildings, but feel like I can find solutions. Carli’s choice of readings and assignments were a good introduction to this area. I encourage others to take this class and get some understanding of this important topic.

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  24. Elizabeth Tobey

    I just finished taking the Introduction to Cataloging Course with Melissa Adler. I found it really helpful, especially since I have been working with library catalog records in my current job. It was especially helpful learning about some of the differences between AACR2 and RDA.

    I like the flexibility of the course. It is not a huge time commitment but I felt I learned from it. I wish I had taken more part in the online forums; unfortunately, because of life circumstances I was late starting the course content so finished most of it towards the very end.

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  25. Rebecca Meyer

    I took Metadata Implementation with Grace Agnew in June 2016. It was a terrific class, with probably the clearest explanation of metadata concepts and schemas that I have encountered. The assignments do take some time, but they are very much worth it. I’m amazed to have gotten so much content and feedback for the price. Highly recommended.

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  26. Jeanne Kauffman

    The critical Strategies for Implementing and Managing Organization Change was excellent. The lectures and reading were interesting and informative. I appreciated the instructors comments as well as the other participants online discussions regarding our assignments. I would enjoy taking more of these classes.

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  27. Sarah Feyl

    I completed the “Information Literacy, Composition Studies and Higher Order Thinking” course led by Andrea Baer. It was truly engaging, enlightening and has inspired my work here in the Library. I will use what I learned in this course when reaching out to English and Composition faculty members. The knowledge I have gained will be useful as we work to collaborate with the English department on teaching our students information literacy and research skills. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  28. Beth Daniel Lindsay

    I took Growing, Developing and Retaining Dynamic Staff with Deb Schmidle in July 2016. The course was excellent; I learned a lot about hiring and onboarding, and strategies to maximize employee satisfaction and productivity. I highly recommend this course for supervisors.

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  29. Maria T. Chaves

    I took Jeremy McGinniss’ course, Student Staff Development and I learned a lot from it! I am really glad that I took this course. We have just started with our Student Assistantship Program a year ago so the course added a lot on how we go about hiring, training, and evaluating students. The rubric would definitely be useful and effective. After I completed the course, I suggested the rubric method to my supervisor and we both agreed to use it in our program.

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  30. Barbara Browning

    I took “Introduction to RDA”, and I found the content to be quite helpful for an experienced AACR2 cataloger who’s ready to break into RDA. Readings covered some history and theory behind the change in format, then we started looking at specific changes to MARC records. It was just the start I needed – a good balance of the conceptual and the practical.

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  31. Anita Davis

    Through my employer, the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, I took the course “Everything to Hide: A Toolkit for Protecting Patrons’ Digital Privacy” with instructor Alison Macrina. This course was suggested to me by a library professional, and although I am not a librarian, I am directly involved with assisting 33 Public Computer Center (PCC) Site Managers – including those in all of our our Public Libraries in the United States Virgin Islands. So, I thought it would be very useful, and this has turned out to be such an understatement.

    The course was eye-opening and even rather frightening in terms of the amount of surveillance that goes on in general, that we have either taken for granted or of which we are completely unaware. There are various free methods and solutions which may be implemented to increase the online safety and digital privacy of those using our PCCs, as well as individuals.

    We have been able to fold this critical information into our presentations about online safety, THE most popular public speaking request by parent,faculty and community groups at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels.

    As we have just completed our own independent broadband infrastructure through the Broadband USA initiative our community needs not only digital literacy, but cyber security knowledge, and this course is a tremendous compliment to our efforts to “Invest to Protect”! Highly recommended.

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  32. Ed Driedger

    “Everything to Hide” was an excellent introduction to the issue of online privacy. Very quickly there was no escaping the fact that surveillance is increasingly ubiquitous and highly intrusive. Strongly recommended.

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  33. Vanessa Franco

    I took Nicole Capdarest-Arest’s Writing for the Web course in September 2016. The four weeks went by surprisingly fast. I learned a lot of good techniques and tips that I was immediately able to put into use at work. The main project was an excellent exercise, and Nicole gives thoughtful and detailed feedback. Recommended!

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  34. Caitlin

    I thoroughly enjoyed the “Grant Proposal Development for Libraries” course. I thought the readings were well-selected and informative and the project was outlined well to build on what we learned each week. I also appreciated Grace Agnew’s feedback which helped me better shape my proposal.

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  35. Adel

    I have a pleasure to study in the class of Robert Chavez. He explains so easy the course, he is patient and meticulous in his responses. I am going to continue the XML certificate.

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  36. Amy

    I took Intro Cataloging with Melissa Adler. I’ve been out of librarianship for a few years and am looking to get back in. This was a great refresher as well as a good introduction to the changes with RDA. Easy pace, easy to keep up with my other obligations. Melissa responded to my questions quickly. I’m glad I took it, and will take other Library Juice courses to get back into the field.

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  37. Beth Willis

    I took 6 workshops comprising the Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems. I had virtually no background in this area and I learned a LOT. Robert Chavez is an outstanding instructor. Each segment of each workshop was well-planned and with relevant reading assignments. The lessons included detailed examples, where appropriate, and Rob was always quick to respond to questions with thoughtful replies. Overall, I was very happy with each workshop and would highly recommend them to anyone who interested in learning more about semantic web technologies.

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  38. Allyson Ota

    I recently completed the 6-course series to earn a certificate in XML and RDF-based Systems, with Rob Chavez. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and especially appreciated how each month-long course was structured with weekly readings and resources which were typically accompanied by an assignment to help make sure we were on the right track. Rob gave feedback for all assignments, and held weekly forums that I often couldn’t participate in due to my time zone here in Hawaii, but I read the transcripts and found it helpful. I’m a student, and this was a nice way to learn about concepts not currently incorporated into the curriculum at my school. This was a good investment.

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  39. Carol

    I just finished the Introduction to XML course in February 2017. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting a good grounding and understanding of XML and corresponding tools. Robert Chavez is knowledgeable, thorough, patient, and an excellent instructor, giving feedback and helpful advice. It is not all theory; the hands-on nature of the assignments ensures that students engage with the topic for better understanding. This is a worthwhile investment.

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  40. Aparna Zambare

    Introduction to XML is a great course; I have learned a lot in the course. There was a huge gap between the last time I worked with XML and now (1999-2017), so I needed to restart and was anxious about it, at least initially. The course turned out to be a great learning curve for me and I must thank Rob Chavez, our instructor, for providing us with excellent course materials, clear assignment instructions, and helping suggestions. This positive experience has encouraged me to take higher level courses in XML technologies with Rob and Library Juice Academy.

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  41. heather lehman

    Given the quality of the courses that I have experienced so far, I know I will be back for more. In fact, I am looking forward to all that is ahead!

    The courses are well coordinated, offer a wealth of resources, and are designed for self-starters and those that know how to get the most out of courses. Everything about my experiences – from registration to certificates has been solid.

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  42. Lihong Zhu

    Course: Introduction to the Semantic Web (online class)
    Instructor: Robert Chavez
    Dates: April 3rd to 28th, 2017

    This is a great course. I learned a lot. Thanks.

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