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Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself – Vol. 4

Art by Jason Garrattley

What a year it’s been, TYBYWYers! Last month, I talked about gratitude. This month, I’m focusing on the future. Let’s put a pretty bow on 2014 and take a peek at all the shiny opportunities 2015 has to offer. I promise I won’t tell your mom you looked at your presents.

If this is your first time stumbling upon this monthly feature of the LITA Blog, Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself is a curated assortment of online education opportunities for aspiring library technologists at all levels of experience. I focus on webinars, MOOCs, and other free/low cost options for learning, growing, and increasing tech proficiency. I’m glad you’re here!

Monthly MOOCs

This coming year, you may have made a few tech education resolutions, and I’m going to help you keep them!

If you want to learn to code, the University of Michigan’s Programming for Everybody is a great place to start. The course This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers using Python. The course “has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.”  Get in there and start coding, TYBYWYers! I love avoiding all by the simplest mathematics.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention a slightly less techy MOOC being presented Northwestern University, Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization. We are all challenged by the demands of creating and curating compelling content (she wrote as she curated content she hoped was compelling). Go learn from some masters, and tell me what you think.

Worthwhile Webinars

Tech On, TYBYWYers!

Have a wonderful holiday season, and I’ll see you in the new year.