Business and Professional Writing for Librarians
Instructor: Alison Lewis
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Most professional job descriptions contain a requirement for “excellent communication skills,” and the ability to write effectively has become a necessary part of any librarian’s skill set. LIS programs, however, often only cover business and professional writing very superficially in management courses, if they cover it at all. The aim of this course is to bridge that gap by providing practical instruction to help students improve their skills and feel more confident about their on-the-job writing.
Best practices will be covered for the following types of internal and external business and professional writing:
- Activity reports
- Procedure manuals
- Internal wikis
- Business letters
- Annual reports
- Press releases
- Program and event advertising
- New product/service launches
- Social media
Learning in this course takes place through lectures, outside readings, student critiques of writing samples, and hands-on writing exercises. Additional tips and tools will be provided to help students improve their grammar, punctuation, and editing skills.
Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She has worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons College, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues, advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, special collections, and practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Senior Vice President for Library Juice Press and managing partner for Parlew Associates. She has M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four or five cats.
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.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.