Strategies for Pizazz: Rebuilding One-Shots into Engaging Instruction Session

Have you ever presented to a group of people and just heard crickets? Perhaps it's time to revamp your instructional arsenal with new tips and tricks that can breathe life back into any presentation. 

Join Reference Librarian, Trisha Prevett, for the “Strategies for Pizazz: Rebuilding One-Shots into Engaging Instruction” webinar as she covers  practical knowledge that can apply to any library presentation.

Discussion topics include:

  • differentiating instruction
  • concept-based videos
  • creating buy-in
  • straight-forward content
  • incorporating technology
  • making sessions fun through means of prizes, humor and other strategies.

Built on the success of the article “Razzle and dazzle’em: Stage directions for engaging instruction sessions” published in C&RL News, Prevett will outline directions for creating and delivering more engaging instruction sessions. 

Participants will learn the steps used in creating an instruction session and will take away the practical knowledge to do it themselves. Also included are short pieces of background information on why these approaches should be used, including any relevant learning and education theories. A finished example of this process will be shown, which is the research guide used to teach skills to the upper level composition classes the presenter works with:

The approach taken in this webinar is for attendees to gain practical information that they can use right away. This will be as straight forward as possible, to provide insight into how these things translate to the classroom, and any tips or tricks with presenting the information that have worked or not worked.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn strategies for the logistics of pulling together information into a cohesive presentation;
  • Participants will identify new technologies and tools for instructional use;
  • Participants will have functional transferable skills to immediately emulate in their own instruction.

Who Should Attend

Any librarian involved in instruction for tours, presentations or training.



Trisha Prevett is a Reference Librarian from Nova Southeastern University. Her experience involves teaching undergraduate through doctoral students at NSU. She earned an Information Literacy Instruction Certificate from University of Rhode Island and she received a BA in Education from Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Trisha is a certified 8-12 Teacher in Massachusetts. She published an article in CR&L News, June 2013 "Razzle dazzle 'em: Stage directions for engaging instruction sessions". She runs a workshop series twice per semester titled, "Library Boot camp" for all students in a simultaneous synchronous & asynchronous setting.

Date(s) & Time(s)

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time


Number of seats: 100 max

Registration fees:

$40 for RUSA members

$50 for ALA members

$65 for non-ALA members

$35 for ALA student members and retired members

Group Rates

$99 single login

$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Adobe Connect. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for this webinar will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

You can test your settings to verify that your computer is configured properly to participate in this webinar.

You will receive access instructions from Andrea no later than 24 hours before the webinar is to be held.

How to Register


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!