Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work

Instructor: Annie Downey

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Academia is a world all its own. Understanding how it works is one of the most important things academic librarians need to know to be successful. This course will focus on the structural aspects of higher education that make it unique and can be challenging for librarians new to academia to learn quickly on the job. Participants will gain a broad understanding of academic culture, including governance structures and the roles and responsibilities of faculty and administrators. You will learn about issues important to administrators, such as retention, accreditation, and funding; and issues important to faculty, such as tenure, research, and shared governance; and how these can sometimes create tension within organizations. You will learn about the structure of faculty work and begin to develop ideas on how you can integrate your work as a librarian effectively into the teaching and research cycle. We will look at some of the broad disciplinary differences at play and how these show up in how students and faculty use the library. All aspects of the course will be geared towards helping you use your new knowledge of how higher education is organized and functions to communicate effectively with faculty, administrators, and staff.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Scholarly Communication, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Annie Downey

Annie Downey Associate Provost and Director of the Armacost Library and Learning Commons at the University of Redlands in California. She received her PhD in higher education in 2014 and her MLS in 2004 from the University of North Texas. She has written and presented on service design, critical librarianship, information literacy, K­20 library instruction, assessment, and academic library administration. Annie is the author of ​Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas (Library Juice Press, 2016)​ and the co-author (with Joe Marquez) of Library Service Design: A LITA Guide to Holistic Assessment, Insight, and Improvement (Rowman Littlefield, 2016) and Getting Started in Service Design (ALA, 2017). She was awarded the first Future of Libraries Fellowship in 2017 from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries and was named a 2018 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Interview with Annie Downey

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.

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.