Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Getting to Know: Fantasy

Instructor: Jessica Moyer

Dates: May 4th through 31st, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


In the last 15 years fantasy has gone from a niche genre adored by Dungeons and Dragons, to one of the most popular genre in popular culture. From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, fantasy has become a favorite of readers of all ages, and a stable of library bestseller lists. Never read a multi-viewpoint 800 page epic? Have no idea why so many people attend ComicCon and other fan events? Then this is the perfect class for you. By the end of class you may not be a fantasy fan, but you will be able to talk to all the fantasy readers that flock to the library. 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 fantasy
  • Read two fantasy books, one that is representative of all fantasy and one that is representative of a popular subgenre
  • Learn how to talk with readers who identify as fantasy readers, and readers new to fantasy
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.

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