Adult Learners

Adult Learners: Tailoring Library Services - MHSLA/MiALA pop up conference 2020

July 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (with a one-hour lunch break)
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In our ongoing partnership, the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association (MHSLA) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) invite you to our first ever joint MHSLA/MiALA pop-up conference! This will be an all virtual opportunity to "meet" with library colleagues across the state before our two associations host our joint conference in 2022! Registration is FREE for MHSLA and MiALA members!. Join us to learn about how academic, academic medical, and hospital libraries around the state are tailoring library services to meet the needs of our adult learners. The day will feature a three-hour continuing education course on generational learners followed by two panel discussions on teaching learners at different education levels and methods for accommodating learners through our collections, services, and more! 

“Adapting Teaching Strategies for the New iGeneration: Translating Generational Research for the Newest Generation” Continuing Education Course (worth 3 MLA CEs) As educators, we must acknowledge the fact that a new generation has arrived and we must be ready to adapt. For the most part, millennials have successfully matriculated and we are now faced with the next generation. Researchers have coined this new generation iGen or GenZ. Current data indicate that learning styles and curricular strategies that may have been useful for the millennials might not be effective for iGen learners. Due to generational differences, experienced educators might struggle to grasp characteristics unique to this generation; we must re-examine our curricula as what is intuitive to us may not be intuitive to them. In this session, we will develop effective strategies for adapting to these changing times. 

The CE will be co-presented by Rebecca Pratt, PhD, and Tracey Taylor, PhD, biomedical science faculty members at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) in Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. Pratt joined OUWB as Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies in January 2018. She specializes in teaching clinical anatomy, radiology, histology, and embryology with research interests in mindfulness in the medical curriculum, evidence-based medical education and assessment, and anatomy retention and recall in medical school training. She previously held faculty appointments at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV, and Grand Valley State University and received her PhD in Cell Biology and Oncology from Purdue University.

Dr. Taylor currently serves as the Interim Assistant Dean of Preclinical Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies, joining OUWB in August 2014. She specializes in teaching microbiology and infectious diseases and her research centers on the use of online learning modules for microbiology laboratory teaching, medical student peer assessment, investigation of the quality of life of Polio survivors, and the spread and impact of infections in homeless populations. She preciously held faculty appointments at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences prior to joining OUWB and received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Western Ontario, London.

Two Panel Discussions featuring panelists from both of our organizations!

  • Panel 1 “Teaching Learners at Different Education Levels” with perspectives from four librarians in the community college, undergraduate, graduate, medical, and resident levels. Learn about their varying teaching & assessment methods, lessons learned, and looking to the future:
    • Mary Beeker, MLIS, Librarian, Northwestern Michigan College Osterlin Library, Traverse City, MI
    • Mary Fitzpatrick, MLIS, GME Librarian, McLaren Medical Library, Flint, MI
    • Margaret Hoogland, MLS, Assistant Professor, Clinical Medical Librarian, The University of Toledo Mulford Health Sciences Library, Toledo, OH
    • Rebecca Renirie, MLIS, Assistant Professor, Distance Education, Biology and Engineering Librarian, Central Michigan University Libraries, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Panel 2 “Methods of Support for Adult Learning” How do we best tailor our services to accommodate different learners including through our collections, outreach, accessibility? 
    • Iris Kovar-Gough, MLS, Liaison Librarian to the College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University Libraries, Lansing, MI
    • Barbara Platts, MLIS, Manager, Knowledge Management Services, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, MI

Full Conference Schedule:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adapting Teaching Strategies for the New iGeneration: Translating Generational Research for the Newest Generation (eligible for 3 MLA CE credits)
Dr. Rebecca Pratt
Dr. Tracey Taylor

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch break (on your own)

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Teaching Learners at Different Education Levels Panel Discussion

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Methods of Support for Adult Learning Panel Discussion