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Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
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Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT
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Whose Line Is It: ACRL PPT

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  • 1. Whose Line Is It? The Business of Improvisation Applied to Library Instruction Susan Gardner Nikki Julian Felicia Palsson Norah Xiao University of Southern California (USC) Libraries http://libguides.usc.edu/improv
  • 2. What is “improv”? <ul><li>“ Humor” vs “improv” – Categories of Humor </li></ul><ul><li>Low Humor (acting stupid; pranks; slapstick) </li></ul><ul><li>Nonverbal (voice pitch; tone of voice; body language) </li></ul><ul><li>Impersonation (impersonate; imitate; act out) </li></ul><ul><li>Other- Oriented (notice reactions; wait for listeners) </li></ul><ul><li>Expressiveness (outgoing; casual; friendly) </li></ul><ul><li>Booth-Butterfield, S. & Booth-Butterfield, M. (1991). Individual Differences in the Communication of Humorous Messages. The Southern Communication Journal, 56 (3), 205-218. </li></ul>
  • 3. Categories of Humor
  • 4. Categories of Humor
  • 5. What is “improv”? <ul><li>Surprises in the lit review: </li></ul><ul><li>More written on humor in library instruction than improv </li></ul><ul><li>Improv methods compare to acting/drama </li></ul><ul><li>Acting methods used in a variety of classrooms, (language, genetics, communication) less so in library instruction </li></ul>
  • 6. Improv Coach <ul><li>Focus on communication skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Eye contact </li></ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Paying attention </li></ul><ul><li>Reacting/being responsive to the other person (vs. focus on self) </li></ul>
  • 7. Improv Coach <ul><li>Life lessons, not just for teaching! </li></ul><ul><li>Self-acceptance: like yourself and they will like you </li></ul><ul><li>Be human, be the brunt of the joke </li></ul><ul><li>Build relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with your audience, keep them involved </li></ul>
  • 8. Applications
  • 9. Felicia <ul><li>Let the students set the agenda </li></ul><ul><li>(let go of control) </li></ul><ul><li>(accept that mistakes will happen) </li></ul>
  • 10. Norah <ul><li>2. Use exercise or physical movement </li></ul><ul><li>(inserts a natural break when you need one) </li></ul><ul><li>(gets attention & restores focus & energy) </li></ul>
  • 11. Susan <ul><li>3. Role playing </li></ul><ul><li>(Multiple viewpoints) </li></ul><ul><li>(Perspective shift) </li></ul><ul><li>(Simulation based) </li></ul>
  • 12. Nikki <ul><li>4. Respond with “yes, and…” </li></ul><ul><li>(always be encouraging) </li></ul><ul><li>(show you are listening) </li></ul><ul><li>(makes them feel safe) </li></ul>
  • 13. Questions? http://libguides.usc.edu/improv

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