Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence

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The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence. By Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow. Chicago: ACRL, 2016. 100 p. Paper $38 (ISBN 978-083898821-3).

The idea of teaching classes is understandably intimidating to many new library professionals. The prospect of bombing a presentation in front of a room full of familiar classmates is bad enough, never mind the possibility of failure before an audience of strangers when one's job performance is at stake. Fortunately, The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence offers support and real-world advice for new teaching librarians. In a short one hundred pages, the book sidesteps long, heavy-handed chapters, and instead offers up tips that can be immediately practiced and incorporated into one's teaching.

As the title suggests, most of the book's content focuses on using theater techniques to improve one's classroom presence. The first chapter describes simple physical and vocal warm up exercises that, if practiced before teaching a class, could significantly improve the experience for both teacher and students. The book also offers advice on how to deal with common but stressful situations such as facing technology failures or being unable to answer a student's question. …

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