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Whose Line Is It: ACRL Presentation

  1. 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. 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. 3. Categories of Humor
  4. 4. Categories of Humor
  5. 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. 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. 7. Videos <ul><li>The Fight </li></ul><ul><li>Pocket Sentences </li></ul>
  8. 8. 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>
  9. 9. Applications
  10. 10. 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>
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. Susan <ul><li>3. Role playing </li></ul><ul><li>(Multiple viewpoints/perspectives) </li></ul><ul><li>(Simulation based) </li></ul><ul><li>Videos: Catalog Demo and Different POV </li></ul>
  13. 13. 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>
  14. 14. Questions? http:// libguides.usc.edu/improv

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