Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Business and Professional Writing for Librarians

Instructor: Alison Lewis

Dates: May 1st through 28th, 2017

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175


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:

  • Email
  • Memos
  • Activity reports
  • Procedure manuals
  • Internal wikis
  • Business letters
  • Newsletters
  • Annual reports
  • Press releases
  • Program and event advertising
  • New product/service launches
  • Websites
  • 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 Lewis

Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She was formerly a faculty member at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, where she taught advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, the special collections course, and the practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Chief Acquisitions Editor 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.

Course Structure

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.

Payment Info

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