Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AEL Presents… The Extroverted Introvert: Public Speaking and Library Instruction for the New Librarian

AEL Presents… The Extroverted Introvert: Public Speaking and Library Instruction for the New Librarian
Date: Saturday, April 25th
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

GLA’s Atlanta Emerging Librarians is proud to present our first formal presentation for 2015! We think that one of the most valuable skills a librarian can have is the ability to speak in front of an audience, whether it’s because they are presenting at a conference or work meeting, or teaching a library instruction class. Join us as we gain some valuable insights about public speaking and overcoming that fear of presenting. We will have a meet and greet with refreshments from 2:00 to 2:30 with presentations starting at 2:30.

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Casey Long, User Education Librarian at Agnes Scott College, is noted for her success as an instructor, so most will probably be surprised to know that when she started working in Academic libraries at Georgia State University her supervisor had to push her into the classroom.  She went on to win awards for excellence in teaching at Georgia State University and was even named as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2009 for her teaching techniques. In this presentation Casey will share her tricks for overcoming stage fright in the classroom.

David Minchew is a relatively new librarian, having received his MLS from the University of North Texas in 2010. His current position as Reference and Instruction Librarian at Georgia Gwinnett College involves a great deal of classroom teaching. He thinks that’s fun. He has also spent the last 35 years climbing on stages all around the place with various rock bands and singers as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He thinks that’s fun too. Does this make you think; “So what? I’m a total introvert. I could never speak in public or get on a stage. Introverts like me can’t do that.” If so, David thinks that you are wrong. Did you know that the difference between introversion and extroversion has nothing to do with “shyness” but is really about how we process information? Did you know that almost all professional performers are introverts? Does this sound interesting? David hopes so, because that is what he wants to speak with you about, the myth that introverts can’t “bring it.”

If you have any questions, please contact us at See you there!

2015 Planning Committee
Elizabeth Christian
Kat Greer
Ashley Hoffman
Ruth Rowell

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