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Learners @ Your Library

Emerging Leaders Adult Learning Tutorial, Team H. Pinterest links are clickable and will take you to more information.

S Bryce Kozla

on 28 June 2013

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Transcript of Learners @ Your Library

Strategies that Work
Learners @ Your Library:
Reach 'em All!

Who do you serve?
Shalini, age 32
At one time or another...
Kyle, age 18
preparing to go to a state university in the fall
plans on obtaining a Bachelor's degree in four years
works during the summer at a restaurant for extra money
full-time student since kindergarten
mother of a 3-year-old
returning to school after 10 years
attends distance education part-time while working full-time
We're ALL nonacademic learners!
"Learning is participating in class, taking tests, completing projects, and getting good grades."
"Learning is necessary for me to keep my teaching certification and become the administrator I want to be. The classes I take sometimes inform the decisions I make at work."
Joanna, age 40
acquires knowledge on a need-to-know basis
watches Youtube videos to learn new skills or help to fix something
"I don't have time to take a class. I haven't been to school in years, but I still learn things every day!"
Traditional Academic Learner
Expectations about learning:
communication with an instructor
assigned work to demonstrate proficiency
clear grading policies
fair assessment
Nontraditional Academic Learner
Expectations about learning:
communication with an instructor
assigned work to demonstrate proficiency
clear grading policies
fair assessment
flexibility for/understanding attitude toward competing priorities
Who do you serve?
Nonacademic Learner
Expectations about learning:
may or may not view themselves as "learners"
learning that happens is unstructured and spontaneous
learning for enjoyment of topic rather than for an imposed goal
Knowledge seeking:
Different for each type of learner
Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2012
Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2012
Reaching Academic Learners
(Click on the links to learn more)
Embedding a sense of accomplishment into library tasks
using digital badges for performing tasks in the library:
"gamifying" library orientation:
short information literacy lessons for finding research materials: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719531844/
Providing flexibility for success
virtual tours of the library to orient themselves of their own time:
"Text a Librarian" feature: reference questions through a familiar mode of communication: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719531780/
More ideas: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719531902/
Reaching nonacademic learners
(click on the links to learn more)
Opportunities for knowledge building as curiosity strikes
use your library's space for self-directed orientation: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719552200/
create easy tutorials that patrons can access on the Internet anywhere: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719552244
Libraries as community centers for informal learning
shape an institutional mission statement that clarifies your library's role in the learning process: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719552304/
work "smarter not harder" to reach the communities you serve: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719552401/
Further Readings
Goulding, A. (2006). "Public libraries in the 21st century defining services and debating the future". Aldershot, England: Ashgate Pub. Co.
Merriam, S. B., & Caffarella, R. S. (1991). "Learning in adulthood: a comprehensive guide". San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Hanford, E. (2012). "Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn" | MindShift. KQED Public Media for Northern CA. Retrieved June 3, 2013, from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/02/dont-lecture-me-rethinking-how-college-students-learn-2/
Choy, S. (2002). Nontraditional Undergraduates: Findings from "The Condition of Education, 2002". (Publication No. NCES-2002-012). Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED471077.pdf
Arnone, M., Small, R., Chauncey, S., & McKenna, H. (2011) "Curiosity, interest and engagement in technology-pervasive learning environments: a new research agenda". Education Tech Research Dev, 59 (181–198). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11423-011-9190-9
Learners @ Your Library:
Reach 'em all!

Final inspiration
"Where Good Ideas Come From", an RSAnimate with Steve Johnson:
"What Adults Can Learn from Kids": TED Talk with Adora Svitak: http://pinterest.com/pin/27232772719552797/
Got Some Good Ideas?
Share links to other ways to reach Learners @ Your Library in the comments of this Prezi!
We'll add the links to our Adult Learning Tutorials Resource Pinterest page:
Follow Team H at the link above for more about Adult Learning!
I probably need to know how to use the library. But do I have to go to your orientation? How will you know I did? Do I get extra credit for it?

Kyle at your library
“It’s impossible for students to take in and process all the information presented in a typical lecture, and yet this is one of the primary ways college kids are taught, primarily in introductory courses.”
Hanford, 2012
How can you help this learner?
Shalini at your library
I really want learn how to find things I need at the library, but I'm always so busy. I usually end up doing my homework at 9PM.
*Up to 73% of all academic learners are nontraditional
Choy, 2002
How can you help this learner?
Joanna at your library
I got this Kindle for my birthday. Can I check out eBooks here? No, I'm not interested in any classes; that's not really my thing.
*Informal learning = spontaneous, authentic, as-needed, meaningful
--90% of adults seek out information this way
Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2012
*"public libraries often struggle to clarify their role in the learning process", but they have definitive value
Goulding, 2006
How can you help this learner?
Each day libraries see a wide variety of people, many of whom are looking to acquire knowledge.
How can we help adult learners in their information seeking?
Want more tutorials?
See all of Team H's Adult Learning Tutorials here:
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