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Library Instruction

This guide provides goals, activities, planning tools, and instruction resources for planning and delivering instruction at Brooks Library.

Reading Suggestions

Berk, R.A. (2002). Humor as an instructional defibrillator. Stylus Publishing

Brown, W. & Tomlin, J. (1996 ). Best and worst university teachers: The opinions of undergraduate students. College Student Journal, 30, 4, 431 - 435.

Franco, H.T. & Cauilan, B.P. (2012). Shaping the way of instruction: Fusion of games, lectures and theatrical techniques vs. traditional lecture types pf library instruction: Examining its effectiveness in undergraduate library instruction. Proceedings of the IATUL Conf erence. Paper 17.

Gardner, R.L. (2006 ). Humor in pedagogy: How ha-ha can lead to aha! College Teaching, 54, (1), 177 - 180

Jiao,Q.G., Onwuegbuzie, A.J.,& Lichtenstein, A. (1996). Library anxiety:Characteristics of at risk college students. Library and Information Science Research, 18, 151-­163.

Kher, N., Molstad, S. & Donahue, R. (1999). Using humor in the college classroom to enhance teaching ef fectiveness in dread courses. College Student Journal, 33(3), 400 - 06 .

Martin, R.A. (2007). The psychology of humor: An integrative approach. London: Elsevier Academic Press.

Mellon, C.A. (1986). Library anxiety: A grounded theory and its development. College and Research Libraries. 47:160 - 165 .

Obst, O. (2011), Humour and clown in the library. Journal of the Association for Health Information and Libraries, 7(4), 27 - 29.

Partridge, H. & Hallam, G. ( 2006) Educating the millennial generation for evidence based information practice. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), 400 - 419.

Veatch, T.C. (1998). A theory of humor. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research. 11:161 - 215 .

Vossler & Sheildlower (2011). Humor and Information Literacy: Practical Techniques for Library Instruction. Libraries Unlimited: Santa Barbara, CA.

Walker, B. (2006). Using Humor in Library Instruction. Reference Services Review, 34(1), 117-28.

Whit e, E. & Collinson, T (2010). Exterminating boredom: Synergy and creativity in a university library. ALISS Quarterly, 6(1), 26 - 31.

Video Humor

Although not appropriate for all occassions, incorporating videos into your sessions can be both be a great way to convey inportant concepts in an approachable and humorous manner. Here are a few suggestions.

Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song) (3:47)

Copyright and Fair Use (10:13)

I Like Big Books (6:17)