Professionalism & Leadership

Immersion Session

Using Improvisation to Enhance Communication Skills for Librarians

Tuesday, May 7
2:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom B (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Librarians, particularly those who engage in instruction, need to communicate effectively to do their jobs well. Improvisational theatre is a discipline that has been used in many settings, including health care education, to promote and improve robust communication skills. In this workshop, we will introduce some basic concepts of improvisational practice and discuss how they are related to mindfulness and more generalized communication skills. More importantly, participants will gain first-hand experience with several improv structures in a supportive, collegial environment.

Amy Baldwin

Associate Professor of Microbiology
AU/UGA Medical Partnership
Athens, GA

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Edwin Vincent Sperr Jr., AHIP

Clincial Information Librarian
AU/UGA Medical Partnership
Athens, Georgia

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Ed Sperr earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. He has worked in libraries in the Southeast, New England and the Caribbean.

Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use the of data visualization techniques in several different contexts. He has presented his work at both regional and national meetings. He is also interested in how the techniques of improvisational theatre can be used to improve communication skills, and has presented several improv workshops.

As the Partnership's Clinical Information Librarian, Ed provides point-of-care information to the Residents in the Graduate Medical Education program and works with them to develop the skills needed to find and evaluate the information necessary for clinical decision-making.

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