Librarians Are Teachers: Applying Theory to Help Adults Learn

Date of Live Event: Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time. Recording available soon after.


As a librarian, you are a teacher. In just about everything you do, from answering reference questions, doing library orientation sessions, and responding to search requests, to formal teaching, you teach. And you teach adults. This webinar will show you how to apply the work of major adult learning theorists, particularly Malcolm Knowles’s work on andragogy, to improve your teaching in all settings. You’ll leave with practical ideas that help you teach more effectively and with greater personal satisfaction.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session attendees will be able to:

1) Apply learning theories to address specific problems and characteristics of adult learners in a range of settings

2) Create effective instruction for adults

3) Reflect on their own teaching strategies and modify them to be more effective



Health sciences librarians who teach, orient library users, or instruct staff on new tools and resources. Beginners are welcome.



Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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