Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ongoing: CORE 2: Subject Area Mini-courses

Course Start: The CORE 2 series of mini-courses start every Tuesday.  You will receive your login information the morning before your session begins.  After receiving your log-in information, you have access to all mini-courses in the CORE 2 series for a period of three months.

Fee:  $25 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $50 for all others.

To register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

CORE 2 is a series of independent, self-paced mini-courses for those who have completed CORE Reference Fundamentals or who want to increase their knowledge of reference resources in various subject areas. Each mini-course includes special vocabulary, interviewing and other communication techniques, basic print materials, and carefully selected online resources. When you register for the series, you may explore any or all of the mini-courses and receive a separate certificate of completion for each one.

Description: The online mini-courses will provide the independent learner with a thorough introduction to special vocabulary and concerns relevant to each subject area. The current subjects are:

  • Business resources and job hunting
  • Consumer information
  • Legal resources
  • Medical information
  • Genealogy
  • Poems, songs, and quotations
  • Homework help
You will complete a reading and a quiz and explore free online resources recommended for use in subject-specific reference. The instructor also provides best practices, as well as useful tips and techniques, that can be applied immediately.

Unlike most self-paced courses, you have access to an instructor to answer your questions. If you contact the instructor by email at any time during your registration period, you will receive a response within 48 hours.

Prerequisite: Completion of CORE Reference Fundamentals or an equivalent level of knowledge and experience in provision of reference services.

Time required: You can expect to spend two hours per mini-course. You can work on each at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night.

Who Should Take This CORE 2 Series: Anyone with an interest in subject-specific reference service or collection development.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Payment: Your invoice will be emailed to the email address of the person who completed the registration.  If that is not the person paying the invoice please forward invoice to the appropriate person. Payment is due within 30 days.  If you have any questions about your invoice or payment please contact Gini Ambrosino at

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