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ERIC Number: EJ904832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
YES, Indeed! Improv and the Art of Library Science
Belben, Cathy
Library Media Connection, v29 n2 p16-17 Oct 2010
Librarians can--and should--be on the lookout for new and unique ways to improve their instructional skill sets and service. One out-of-the-box opportunity to consider is to study--by reading, watching, or participating in--improvisational theater. Improv games and theater are like life: performers who may or may not know each other are given situations in which they have to complete a task or communicate an idea without a script. Given a scenario, a suggestion, or a set of parameters to follow, the players come up with actions and dialogue spontaneously. No matter how long librarians work at the job, no matter how bizarre the questions they're asked or the situations they encounter with their patrons, something new always happens that challenges them. The more they can exercise their on-the-spot problem solving muscles, along with their sense of fun and play, the better they are professionally. Beginning improvisational training consists of a lot of fast-paced, low-risk, high-energy activities designed to get participants to feel less self-conscious and more comfortable with each other. The activities establish an atmosphere of trust and fun and introduce basic improv guidelines. This article discusses basic guidelines for improvisation that one may try in one's library media center.
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Language: English
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