Short online courses: Design thinking; IL and retention; Early ;literacy

Upcoming online short courses from Library Juice Academy include:
- Introduction to Design Thinking. $175, next running 3-30 August 2020. "Design Thinking is an approach to tackling problems and developing creative, user-centered solutions. This course will walk participants through the theory behind this process and offer a chance to gain hands-on experience with each step in the Design Thinking cycle." More info at
- Student Retention in Higher Education: Information Literacy and Beyond. $175, next running September 7 - October 4 2020. "we will discuss major aspects of student retention. We review case studies of librarians who lead retention programs in action. The course also includes lectures, required and suggested readings (available as open access texts online), work tools, and a chance to create a beginner’s proposal to campus administration to create a grass roots program, or to become embedded into an existing retention program. " More info at
- Foundations of Early Literacy. $175, next running September 7 - October 4 2020 "you will become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, we will explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers." More info at
Photo by Sheila Webber: hydrangea, June 2020