How can humor be applied by academic librarians to better teach information literacy? And why is humor such an effective teaching tool? This book provides a cross-disciplinary review of the literature regarding use of humor in tertiary education settings, and specifically in library science; explains its effectiveness for capturing and maintaining student attention when covering necessary subjects; and presents the invaluable personal experiences of instruction librarians across North America who regularly use humor in the classroom.
Humor and Information Literacy: Practical Techniques for Library Instruction addresses the subject in both a scholarly and a practical manner. The first section of the book contains original multi-disciplinary essays covering humor in the fields of communication theory, education, library science, psychology, and even stand-up comedy. The second section documents practical techniques that practicing librarians use to teach information literacy with humor, accompanied by commentary by the authors.
- Dozens of practical examples of teaching information literacy using humor
- Contributions from more than 30 professional academic librarians who share their methods of teaching information literacy using humor
- A multidisciplinary bibliography reflecting humor in the fields of communication theory, education, library science, performance theory, and psychology
- A webliography of funny YouTube clips relevant to libraries and information literacy