New advanced eCourse in collaboration with SJSU iSchool—Management Bootcamp

Wed, 01/27/2016


Liz Steiner
Marketing Manager
ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), this 12-week Advanced eCourse: Management Bootcamp for Librarians and Other Information Professionals, beginning on Apr. 4, 2016, is facilitated by Sean Gaffney.

There is an increasing need for librarians to have the skills it takes to manage operations at higher and higher levels of expertise. While many of us joined the profession with no interest in being a “manager,” it seems that management responsibilities keep creeping into our roles—whether we are an information desk supervisor, the head of technical services, or the newly named director of a small library.

This advanced eCourse has been adapted from a 15-week graduate-level library management course that Sean Gaffney has been teaching since 2008 at San Jose State University School of Information. While you will learn a bit on theory, this eCourse is about providing you with practical skills in management. While you may not find an answer to every question, you will be positioned to understand the basics and know where to go next for additional answers.

After completing this eCourse, you’ll be able to:

  • plan effectively;
  • market your organization;
  • create a SWOT analysis to help position your library for growth;
  • delegate effectively;
  • understand Federal labor laws;
  • develop a budget;
  • much, much more!

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Management and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

For more information about this eCourse, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

Sean Gaffney is a Manager in the Research and Analysis team at PwC. Prior to joining PwC, Sean worked for Archer Daniels Midland in a variety of roles, including Head Research Librarian, Manager of Information Services and Senior Information Scientist. He holds an MBA in Accounting from Saint Leo University, an MLIS from Kent State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in LIS from the University of Illinois. Sean has been a Part-time Faculty member at San Jose State University’s School of Information since 2008 and has taught several CPE courses for SLA.

ALA Publishing provides all librarians a comprehensive, one-stop resource for dynamic print and digital materials and eLearning dedicated to professional development, improving library services, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading.

The SJSU iSchool / ALA Publishing advanced e-courses offer in-depth, advanced training that take participants from introductory to high-level content in 12 short weeks. Award-winning  SJSU iSchool faculty members help participants dig deep into relevant course topics to provide applicable knowledge and skills that can transform their work. These asynchronous online courses are ideal for information professionals from around the world.

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The SJSU iSchool prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance, user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, and librarianship. The  SJSU iSchool offers several online educational programs, including a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which is fully accredited by the American Library Association; a Master’s degree in Archives and Records Administration; and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science. All programs are delivered online, and the  SJSU iSchool is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the school, please visit: