Business and Professional Writing for Librarians


Dates: April 1 - April 28

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

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 M. Lewis

Alison M. LewisAlison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She has also worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons University, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues; advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences; and courses in special collections and practicum. Currently she is the managing partner for Parlew Associates, a Philadelphia-based company providing a range of support services to publishers and authors. She earned M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

How to Register

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Payment Info

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Alternatively, if it is an institutional payment, we can arrange to invoice you. Contact us by email, and we can make arrangements to suit your institution's business processes.

Special Session

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.


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