Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Getting to Know: Romance

Instructor: Jessica Moyer

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

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 Moyer

Jessica E. Moyer is an instructor for Library Juice Academy and course developer for the Library Support Staff Certification program. She also works as an freelance editor for both scholary and fiction projects. Jessica also worked as the Director of Library Services for the Katie Mueller Library at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, a visiting librarian in the Reference and Instructional Services department at the University of Illinois Library and 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 students and continuing education courses. Moyer writes for publication, serves on committees and boards, and regularly speaks and conducts workshops on audiobooks, ebooks and ebook readers, readers' advisory for all ages, and working with teen readers. More information is available at

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.