MOOCs to Watch

by Courtney Baron, Head Editor, INALJ Georgia

MOOCs to Watch

courtney1I work at a university and the School of Art recently went through a national director search. We invited four candidates to present and meet and greet the faculty, staff, and students. Nearly all of them mentioned MOOCs as a serious trend in higher education (yes, I know – no big surprise there) and discussed the possibility of implementing new courses at our university. It was great to hear this, because I’ve started researching potential MOOC classes to supplement my library and information science education. Librarians are generally familiar with the format of online courses, since many of our MLIS programs are offered online, but MOOCs take it to a whole new level. I took the liberty of arranging a list of interesting courses that are valuable to a LIS professional.



Whew… this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you a good idea of what’s out there. I’ll see you in class!

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 19.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website,, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


  5 comments for “MOOCs to Watch

  1. Jocelyn Ozolins
    May 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Great list, thank you. Looking for post MSLIS to update my education – this is very useful.

  2. July 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you so much for this article! I’m applying to MLIS schools this upcoming fall, and these courses will definitely help in reviewing programs that my undergraduate school doesn’t offer.

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