New advanced eCourse: Web Design and Development

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/15/2014


Daniel Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing is pleased to announce the first event that marks a new collaboration with the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU SLIS) to provide in-depth, advanced eCourses that will take participants from introductory through to high level, applicable content in 12 weeks.

Top-notch faculty from  the SJSU information school will guide participants as they dig deep into cutting-edge topics during the 12-week online courses, equipping them with potentially transformative knowledge and skills. The collaboration combines leading SJSU faculty and in-depth content with ALA Publishing’s experience in delivering professional development in various formats to a wide audience of librarians and library workers.

The first advanced eCourse to be offered is Web Design and Development with Raymond Dean, a lecturer for SJSU SLIS whose years of experience as a Web developer will allow him to break this complex concept down into accessible and simple parts that participants can then build back into a skill set that has become crucial for many librarians.

Participants in the Web Design and Development online course will learn the current and correct way to create a website with HTML5 and CSS3 that will display properly on both mobile and desktop devices. The course will focus on using current techniques and industry best practices with a focus on creating content that is usable and accessible and does not require any prior experience with markup or programming languages. The course will take participants from basic background, introductions to HTML and Web standards, and the concept of modular Web design all the way through responsive design and multimedia.

The 12 weeks of this course will progress asychronously. Within the week-by-week format, students will be able to work at their own pace and interact with the instructor through emails and message boards without the constaints of attending a live session at a specific time. The 12-week course begins on Monday, June 2, 2014. For more information about the course, including how to register, please visit the ALA Store at

Dean teaches a course in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at SJSU that introduces students to current Web development using best practices. With knowledge and experience in Web development, the information field and instructional technology, he has a blend of skills that resonates well with learners in the library and information field. In addition to his work as a lecturer, he also operates several websites that focus on technology education and providing online tools for teachers. Dean has years of experience as a Web developer, an MLIS from SJSU, and an M.Ed. from Drury University.

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.

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The School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) prepares individuals for professional careers in the information professions. Graduates work in diverse areas, such as website design, digital asset management, information architecture, archives, electronic records management, and librarianship. The SJSU information school 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 information school is a recognized leader in online education. For more information about the nationally ranked school, please visit:


Thanks for your share :)

Nice info that you have shared regarding web design and development. Both are the most technical & difficult fields as well as expensive. Many of us used different CMS to get rid from it because many CMS has already made design templates and development work means functionality but if you want to make your own CMS or professional website than you should must hire designers, developers or different digital companies for your projects or CMS i.e if you want to make Cashback CMS is the best choice. Anyways, thanks for making the nice efforts.