New from ACRL - “Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners”

For Immediate Release
Thu, 10/07/2021


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners” by Melissa L. Miller, a guide to cultivating self-directed and self-motivating learning skills in adult learners for academic librarians, including a sample curriculum with lesson plans and assessments. 

Adults are attending college in record numbers every year. These students, many with families and careers, may have been away from an academic environment for years and have unique needs in developing lifelong learning skills. Academic librarians have an important role as change agents in this dynamic learning environment through information literacy instruction, workshops, and individual consultations.

"Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning" provides a blueprint that academic librarians can apply to their instructional design that facilitates a change in students’ motivation and learning strategies. It provides the tools necessary to teach learners to identify, evaluate, and apply appropriate cognitive, learning, and motivation strategies based on course content and a deeper understanding of the metacognitive component of meaningful learning. Five chapters explore the theories behind adult learning, culminating in a seven-unit curriculum scalable to a variety of learning domains complete with lesson plans, activities, assessments of the learning goals, and student reflections.

The book can help you identify the components of academic learning that contribute to high achievement; help students learn and practice effective learning and study strategies that lead to improved self-efficacy, self-regulation, and knowledge transfer; and improve instructional design for student, instructor, and academic teaching librarian success. 

“Mind, Motivation, and Meaningful Learning: Strategies for Teaching Adult Learners” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing nearly 9,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the webFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube