New iteration—Advanced eCourse: Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/25/2019


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), announces a new iteration of our popular Advanced eCourse, Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, March 18, 2019 and continues for 12 weeks.

Making sure that your library’s physical space keeps pace with changing technologies and patron needs is a major challenge. You can’t build a new library every year, but it sometimes seems like that might be the only way we could keep pace. If you’re struggling to create a library environment that inspires people to be more creative, collaborative, reflective, and engaged, or if you’re concerned that you won’t be able to meet the present needs of your patrons while also preparing for the future, this course is for you.

In twelve weeks, instructor Alicia Hammond shows you how to create innovative spaces in your library that are tailored to your community’s needs, while working with the resources you have available. Throughout the course, you’ll learn a variety of concepts and techniques that can help you regardless of what your space looks like right now. With an innovative mindset, community engagement skills, and an eye toward modern trends, you can help transform your space and how your community sees your organization.

Learning Outcomes

In this class, you will learn

  • How to cultivate innovative thinking;
  • Creative design ideas for a variety of library spaces;
  • An overview of trends in library spaces including participatory culture, design thinking, and user-centered design; and
  • How to use community engagement to figure out what your community wants.

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive an 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 Creating and Expanding Innovative Spaces in Your Library and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a 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 the eCourse, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

About the Instructor

Alicia Hammond is Community Engagement Manager at Forest Park (IL) Public Library.

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions (ELS) produces high-quality professional development events and materials for the library profession. ELS events cover modern issues on a wide variety of topics in formats that include live workshops, asynchronous eCourses, and print publications. We help ensure that today’s library employees have access to the professional development opportunities they need, whether they are brushing up on the basics or expanding their horizons with cutting-edge tools. Contact us at

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. 

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.

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: