Thursday, December 8, 2011

Online classes - reference and archives

Travel budgets are being cut, staff time is stretched, and training sources are going away. Master Plans Inc has an affordable alternative for libraries, archives, and students!

Master Plans Inc has added a second online self-paced course to catalog. AR 101 - Dating Photographs is designed for anyone who needs to date photos - librarians, archivists, genealogists, or historians. The class covers dating photographers and studios, identifying and dating processes, and dating by clothing and hair styles. Both print and online sources are given. Students earn one CEU and can print a transcript when they complete it. The cost is only $30.

The class joins LS 101- The Reference Interview. This online course will provide opportunities to learn the effective reference interview. You will learn ways to assist diverse groups of patrons, including those with disabilities or who are not native English speakers. You will learn search methods and specialized resources for specific topics, tips and practical techniques that can be used immediately, plus a webliography. Quizzes and exercises are included. Three CEUs are granted. The cost is only $100, and if you are training a group of new employees, there is a 20% discount for five or more classes per calendar year (with December 2011 included in the 2012 year).

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