Motivation is complex. Individuals choose to do things for reasons that are internal and external to themselves. As librarians, our jobs typically require us to work with people on a day-to-day basis and many of these interactions include answering questions, providing support, and instructing on how to use a new device or software product. Understanding what motivates and encourages people can help us have better interactions and better serve our communities.
In this interactive and informative program, Lauren will introduce attendees to a variety of motivational theories and then provide examples of how to apply those theories in a range of library settings and situations.
At the end of this program, attendees will be able to:
Summarize different motivation theories
Apply motivational theories in their own libraries
Evaluate how they use motivation in their library and identify areas for change and improvement
Share and explore new ideas on how to motivate their library users
Original broadcast July 10, 2018
Lauren Hays – Biography
Lauren Hays is the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. Currently, she is in a doctoral program and expects to graduate in May 2018. Additionally, she is co-editing a book on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) for academic librarians. She is passionate about teaching and learning and desires to help librarians develop in their instructor/facilitator skills. More specifically, her professional interests include teaching, SoTL, information literacy, educational technology, Library and Information Science education, teacher identity, and faculty development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.