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Thursday, July 19 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
You Better Work! Infusing Your Instruction with Drag Queen and King Techniques

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What can we learn from drag kings and drag queens to help us grab student’s attention, deepen student engagement, and share our strong emotions towards information literacy? This session covers how drag in all its forms uses surprise, novelty, entertainment, and emotion to engage. Using “the six Ps of drag” as a framework for instruction you’ll find your instruction is more fun, more interactive, and more effective in getting your ideas heard and understood. Persona – everyone is interesting, but when instructing you need to amplify your awesome traits. Practice – drag queens and kings don’t just get up on stage without practicing their performance. Same with library instruction, to hone your craft, to work on making it better. Polish –you need to polish your performance to in an inch of its life, to be ready for anything unpredictable, to be able to handle students that are asleep, texting, and may even be actively rude. Performance – drag is performance, and aspects of instruction are performance. You get up in front of people, say things you want them to listen to, and enjoy themselves. Payoff – drag queens and kings get paid for performing. Your payoff is effective instruction, showing a passion. Passion – drag queens and kings have a passion for performing, for entertaining, for shocking. You should to for your library instruction. Personable – drag queens and kings can seem outsized, over the top, so glamorous, so frightening. But within all that there is their humanity.

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Mark Bieraugel

Business Librarian, Cal Poly
Incorporating novelty into instruction. Fostering creativity and entrepreneurial thinking in the academic library through space design. Hand embroidery and weaving. Pronouns, they, them,theirs

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm MDT
University Center 221