New Advanced eCourse—Coding and Web Development: A Beginner's Guide

For Immediate Release
Wed, 04/17/2019


Colton Ursiny

Office Coordinator

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 advanced eCourse, Coding and Web Development: A Beginner's Guide. This advanced eCourse begins on Monday, June 3, 2019 and continues for 12 weeks.

Programming and web design are core technologies of modern library services. If you can gain a fundamental understanding and basic proficiency in these two areas, you’ll have marketable skills that you can expand and grow in every direction imaginable.

This course is designed for those with little or no knowledge of programming. Starting at the beginning, Raymond Dean—a faculty member at San José State—will cut through the intimidation factor. By the end of the course, you’ll not only gain a conceptual foundation in programming and web development but also will know the basics of multiple programming languages and be able to build a basic website.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of programming
  • Become familiar with the syntax and purpose for several computer languages
  • Understand the differences between client-side and server-side web programming languages
  • Create a basic responsive website with HTML and CSS
  • Understand the types of content management systems and web frameworks available and their features and benefits

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 Coding and Web Development: A Beginner's Guide 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 the eCourse, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store.

About the Instructor

Raymond Dean is a lecturer for San José State University's School of Library and Information Science. Dean has years of experience as a web developer and has earned an MLIS from SJSU and a M.Ed. from Drury University. With knowledge and experience in web development, the information field, and instructional technology, he has a blend of skills that has resonated particularly well with students in the library and information field. In addition to his work as a lecturer, he also operates several websites. His websites focus on technology education and providing online tools for teachers.

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

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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: