University of Wisconsin–Madison

Fostering Engagement: Events and programs in the academic library

How can academic librarians engage the campus community through events and programming? In this course, we will explore programming strategies on a variety of themes and scales. You’ll learn about successful events and programs from other academic libraries of various sizes, practice applying those ideas to your own context, and identify ways to fund and assess your events and programs.

At a glance

When: June 14 – July 11, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $150 (10% discount if you register two weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #303322

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins

Course details


  • Exploring events and programs that promote a range of themes including: reading, making, civic engagement, wellbeing and stress relief, and a sense of belonging on campus
  • Developing campus and community partnerships to support library events and programs
  • Planning events that fit your library and campus context, including staffing and funding


Each week you will be required to review resources, listen to/read lectures, and participate in online discussion. There will be a final project for this course that you can implement in your library. The course is designed with working people in mind, and assignments will reflect this with their practicality, relevance, and time requirements.


Kayleen Jones is the education and human service professions librarian at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Since graduating from the UW-Madison iSchool in 2016, she has coordinated events that promote collections, reading, and wellbeing.

Kim Pittman is the head of research & learning at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she has worked since graduating from the UW-Madison iSchool in 2011. She has coordinated library student engagement events and programs, including reading programs, orientation events, and stress relief events.