Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to XML

Instructor: Robert Chavez

Dates: August 3rd through 30th, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This course will provide an introduction to XML (the eXtensible Markup Language) and also introduce some basic tools for working with XML documents. The main goals of this course are for students to get comfortable with XML as structured data format, learn the basic rules and tools for working with XML, and learn about several XML standards used in the library, digital humanities, and publishing communities. Topics will include: understanding basic XML document structures and content models, XPath, XML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and Schemas. The course will also provide an introduction to several more advanced topics, as time allows, including XML namespaces and Library of Congress XML markup standards that are relevant to electronic text resources and metadata management including Dublin Core, MARC-XML, and MODS.

Course outcomes will include:

  • how to create and manipulate XML documents
  • understanding how DTDs and Schemas define XML document structures and languages
  • understanding how to use XML electronic text markup languages and XML metadata markup schemas
  • understanding how XML markup schemas and standards are currently being used in the library community

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems, providing a basic foundation for the subsequent courses.

Robert Chavez

Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine as Content Applications Architect. Interview with Robert Chavez

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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