Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Research Design for Librarians

Instructor: Abigail Phillips

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Designing a research project can sound overwhelming to beginning researcher. However, while research is challenging, it provides librarians with an opportunity to build and apply a unique skill set to their work. This course offers students an entry point into understanding research design and ways to develop finely-tuned research projects. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction into research design including methods, approaches to conducting research, considering theory, developing research questions, and writing a research proposal. Each of these will be broken down into easily digestible sections so students feel comfortable moving from curiosity regarding a research topic to developing a fleshed-out proposal for a project.

Week 1: Different types of research methods; Identifying pros and cons of these methods

Week 2: Independent and Collaborative Research; What these look like; Best practices for both

Week 3: Approaching and demystifying theory; Constructing research questions (figuring out how to say what you want to know)

Week 4: Research procedures; The basics of writing a research proposal; Ethical considerations

Abigail Phillips

Dr. Abigail Phillips, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the School of Information at Florida State University. Her research interests include digital youth, empathy, cyberbullying, libraries, librarianship, and making. She can be found by email: or by Twitter: @abigailleigh.

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

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.