LITA offering two Web courses in August

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/20/2012


Melissa Prentice

Marketing Specialist

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

1-800-545-2433 ext.4268

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available two Web Courses: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library and Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library.

Geolocation, native video, offline storage, semantic markup elements, responsive Web design, canvas elements, voice input, drag and drop, opacity, gradients... HTML5 (a generic term which includes new HTML tags, enhanced CSS styles/behaviors, and new Javascript APIs) has been released and is changing the way Web developers work. With wide support in mobile browsers and the latest browser releases from Google and Firefox, HTML5 is poised to be the technology that will help build the next version of the Web.

Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5 will consist of four live lectures held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT on Aug. 6, 8, 10, and 13, with additional self-paced modules in Moodle. Participants will examine the trends and enhancements that HTML5, CSS3 and the new Javascript APIs enable, talk through the specifics of implementation and work through building a prototype HTML5 application. 

Modeled on Eva Dodsworth's LITA Guide of the same name,  Getting Started with GIS will provide participants with an introduction to both the online and desktop GIS currently being used by library administrators, librarians, library support staff and library users.  The three week course will run Aug. 13 - Sept. 4 and will consist of weekly asynchronous lectures and modules in Moodle. Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library Web pages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects; and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors.  Students will be exposed to many online resources that are currently being used by public, academic and special libraries across North America.  No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary. 

Registration and additional information on both courses is available on the LITA website.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community.   LITA is a division of the American Library Association.