Getting to Know: Romance
Instructor: Jessica Moyer
Dates: August 5th through 30th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Romance is one of the most popular genres among adult readers, yet it is often maligned in popular media as bodice ripping trash. This class will explore romance novels, their widespread appeal, and the unique nature of romance reading community. It will conclude with best practices for serving romance readers in public libraries. An excellent choice for staff and students with a basic understanding of reader’ advisory who are looking to gain more in depth knowledge of this popular genre.
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
- Know the major tropes, characteristics, classic titles, and authors
- Understand the current trends and changes in romance
- Read two romances, one that is representative of all romance and one that is representative of a popular subgenre
- Learn how to talk with readers who identify as romance readers, and readers new to romance
Jessica E. Moyer is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education and MS and CAS degrees from the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Moyer has taught reference and readers' advisory courses for the LIS programs at the University of St. Catherine, San Jose State, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well and continuing education courses for the American Library Association. She is the author of Research-Based Readers’ Advisory (American Library Association, 2008), co-editor of The Readers Advisory Handbook (ALA Editions 2010) and editor of the Integrated Advisory Services (Library Unlimited 2010). Website, Interview with Jessica Moyer
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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