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Registration Open for “Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work” (Course Lasts Jan. 6-31)

(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

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

Instructor: Annie Downey

Dates: January 6th through 31st, 2020

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. http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/certificate-sc.php

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.

Read an interview with Annie Downey about this class:


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.

You can register for any of our courses through the first week of instruction (as long as the course is not full). The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements: inquiries@libraryjuiceacademy.com

For a list of all of the courses being offered next month, please go to:


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