Oh, snap! Using popular culture to reach undergraduates in library instruction

Live Webcast 
March 12, 2013
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Tired of boring, run-of-the-mill library instruction?  Want to jazz up your information literacy program and connect with students?  Many academic librarians struggle with making instruction sessions interesting and interactive while still incorporating all the information students need to know. This interactive webinar will provide a variety of approaches incorporating pop culture themes into information literacy instruction from several different institutions, as well as allow for participants to share their own experiences. We will provide specific ideas about what works (and what doesn’t), how to incorporate learning outcomes while not losing the pop culture hook, and assessing the impact of these sessions.       Attendees will leave with practical ideas for using ninjas, memes, The Simpsons, zombies, Eminiem, the Black Eyed Peas and others in their library instruction. First, information on what memes are, where to find them and how to use and make your own will be discussed.  Next, knowing your audience and incorporating information literacy activities using music videos and television shows will be covered. Information on crafting learning outcomes and utilizing research themes based in pop culture, including multimedia presentations and hands-on learning activities incorporated into one-shot sessions will also be shared. Finally, implementing specific popular culture relevant to your institution or region (such as library ninjas) into the curriculum will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand the benefits of using popular culture in higher education in order to connect with students.
  • Participants will assess existing curriculum in order to determine where popular culture can be incorporated successfully.
  • Participants will modify existing curriculum by using popular culture in order to create new, engaging activities for student learning.

Presenters: Heidi Blackburn, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Kansas State University Salina; Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Library Director, Central Methodist University

Target audience: Instruction/undergraduate librarians

Type of audience: People brand new to the topic; people with some experience in the topic, but looking to grow

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. It is recommended that you also use a microphone to ask questions/make comments. If you do not have or do not wish to use a microphone, you may ask questions through text-based chat.

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Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location

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