Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Informal Learning in the Academic Library

Instructors: Lauren Hays and Teresa Slobuski

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Attendees of this course will be introduced to the concept of informal learning in the academic library. The instructors will discuss specific examples of how informal learning can be supported including through gameplay, makerspaces, space design, furniture selection, and technology. Although not always emphasized in professional standards, informal learning is the primary source for building life skills such as critical thinking, flexibility, collaboration, and creativity, all of which are needed for students to be successful throughout their lives. Additionally, by fostering informal learning, libraries also foster life long learning by validating out-of-classroom learning opportunities.

  • Attendees will recognize informal learning opportunities.
  • Attendees will analyze their library for ways to increase informal learning opportunities.
  • Attendees will have the tools to create an informal learning proposal for their library.

This course can be taken as one of the courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Lauren Hays

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. She has co-presented at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was the 2017 speaker on SoTL for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee’s Midwinter Discussion. Her professional interests include SoTL, teaching, information literacy, educational technology, library and information science education, teacher identity, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home. Interview with Lauren Hays

Teresa Slobuski

Teresa Slobuski is the Head Librarian of the Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine. In this role, she oversees all operations of the library. Slobuski is passionate about access and social justice and actively works to improve both representation and recognition of all in libraries. Slobuski completed her master’s degree in library and information science at Rutgers University. She has conducted research on a variety of topics such as the impact of non-text media on information retrieval, children’s literature, informal learning and the development of 21st century skills, library space usage, and educational technology topics, especially the use of games.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.