Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians


“I truly enjoyed this ever-so-useful class. Firstly, the instructor was fantastic. I really appreciated her helpful and encouraging feedback at every turn. I also enjoyed the pace of the course. Finally, the readings were engaging and enlightening, and I truly appreciated the Drobbox of course readings available to all students for download. In short, this course was a valuable experience which will positively affect my professional practice. Thank you to Instructor Robin Hastings and Library Juice Academy!” — Sara Harrington on Introduction to Project Management

“This is a great introduction to a topic that can be difficult to grasp. The instuctor-provided explanations/lecture notes are excellent, and the videos are interesting and engaging. The instructor gives a surprising amount of individual feedback on the assignments which is helpful.” — Joshua Westgard on Ontologies and Linked Data

“The class was great; it was substantive and engaging. Maria clearly knows her stuff, the readings were excellent, the assignments concrete, helpful, well curated. Best online class I’ve taken. Hands down. Thanks.” — Kate Adler on Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy

“Everything about this class was helpful. The teacher is inspiring and the resources she provides are immediately useful. I am so glad I took this class. Please e-mail me when Katie Scherrer teaches another course.” — Katrina Bergen on Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca

“Great class. The best part: lively exchange of teaching ideas and feedback.” — Linda Miles on Getting More Active Learning From Your Teaching

“The class was rejuvenating. I am still getting great ideas from everyone. I look forward to implementing them.” — Jillian Lazaridis on Getting More Active Learning From Your Teaching

“Very useful class. I am always looking for something that is beyond just the basics of copyright and this helped tremendously. The live chats were very good also. If anything, I wish the class lasted longer.” — Rachelle Stivers on Copyright 201 for Librarians

“I found this class to be very useful and well-structured. I have been doing some cataloging with little instruction except what I could remember from my cataloging class in library school 9 or 10 years ago. Everything was laid out in a very logical, easy to follow manner. I now feel much more comfortable working with MARC records.” — Matthew Lemanski on Cataloging for the Non-Cataloger

“I’m very glad to have had this course in my first year as a professional librarian. I learned some concrete strategies for email management, staying focused, and dealing with competing priorities. The readings and assignments were brief enough to do as part of a workday... I recommend this course!” — Amelia Koford on Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians

“Wonderful class! I learned a ton.” — Bradley Wade Bishop on Representing Geographic Information with Map Mashups

“I didn’t know much about RDA but the end of this class, I understood about RDA and I feel fully equipped. I am ready for implementation RDA to our library.” — Shiok Lim on Introduction to RDA

The above testimonials have been picked out from postings on our blog where we ask for feedback from students after each class. You can see all of that feedback in its unedited form here, including the full comments from which these testimonials are taken, along with constructive criticism and lukewarm comments.

Additionally, here's something Robert Schroeder sent us offline and said we could share:
“I can highly recommend the classes at the Library Juice Academy. I took a four-week class about critical pedagogy with Maria Accardi. Four weeks is a good amount of time – not a whole semester but enough time to really begin to connect with a subject. These classes are a great compliment to attending conference like ALA or ACRL. Often after 60 or 90 minutes of exposure to an interesting topic in a conference presentation you want to apply the content to your own library but maybe aren’t sure how. The Library Juice classes allow you to more fully explore and develop you ideas – asynchronously and in conjunction with other librarians interested in the same topic. These classes successfully blend both theory and practice, and allow you to personally explore and engage with the subject matter. The class I took gave me the space where I could ask questions about critical pedagogy and reflect on a new direction for my own research.”