Well, I decided to take the plunge and “invest in myself” by signing up for, and paying for, the Web Design for Everybody Specialization from Coursera. This is a series of courses from University of Michigan beginning September 15, 2015.
I did take a web design class in library school, but that was 10 years ago. Technology changes, and HTML and CSS have advanced since the 2000s. Hopefully I get something for my $400+, besides a certificate for LinkedIn. You can pay for the courses in installments but you get 10% off for paying for the whole thing at once, and I thought this would be an incentive to finish the series. (I’ve attempted MOOCs before but didn’t finish them; one I got through almost all the way but was distracted by a wild fire ravaging the city).
The course refers to a free e-text book from SUNY, The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming. I’ve downloaded it and will check it out soon. You can certainly make use of this without paying for the course!
I’ll check back in with a review to let others know if this is worth it or not. I suspect it would look good on a librarian’s resume or LinkedIn profile. I don’t know how it would look for another type of professional.