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Title:
The craft of librarian instruction : using acting techniques to create your teaching presence
ISBN:
9780838988213
Publication:
Chicago, Illinois : Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2016.
Physical Description:
viii, 101 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents:
Setting the stage -- Centering yourself -- Physical and vocal preparation -- Role-playing -- Action (and reaction) -- Your teaching prescence: charisma and chemistry -- The reviews are in!
Abstract:
"Library instruction is like acting on the stage: you play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience, usually only there for the one-shot--that one performance. You may even receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition--a bit unnerving! We hope to demonstrate how acting techniques can sharpen your instructional skills and establish your teaching identity, enliven your performance, and create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students"--Page vii.

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"Library instruction is like acting on the stage: you play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience, usually only there for the one-shot--that one performance. You may even receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition--a bit unnerving! We hope to demonstrate how acting techniques can sharpen your instructional skills and establish your teaching identity, enliven your performance, and create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students"--Page vii.


Summary:
"Library instruction is like acting on the stage: you play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience, usually only there for the one-shot--that one performance. You may even receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition--a bit unnerving! We hope to demonstrate how acting techniques can sharpen your instructional skills and establish your teaching identity, enliven your performance, and create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students"--Page vii.

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Library Journal Review

All the world's a stage, and the classroom is no exception. In this work, Artman (chair, collection management, Chapman Univ., CA), Jeff Sundquist (collection management librarian, Eastern Washington Univ.), and Douglas R. Dechow (digital humanities & sciences librarian, Chapman Univ.) place the instruction librarian at center stage. By using breathing and vocal techniques along with role-playing and other acting lessons, librarians can improve presentation skills and enhance students' learning experience. The authors employ a question-and-answer style of writing to great effect, and the work is organized thoughtfully and with an eye toward improving classroom performance. This unusual book is peppered with advice from playwrights Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare, as well as modern actors. It is guaranteed to find a treasured place on any instruction librarian's shelf. VERDICT Newly hired instruction librarians or librarians with little teaching experience will find this book helpful in managing stage fright, engaging with an audience, and stress relief. A hit for both public and academic librarians.-Jennifer A. Townes, Atlanta Univ. Ctr. Lib. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.