One of my most popular offerings is a simple introduction, and it's one where I never fully know what to do. Sometimes I'm asked to show off the library website--and then usually I show where OneSearch lives, how to book a study room, and where my information can be found assuming that they'll remember maybe one of these things--all in a roughly 15 minute session. While it isn't my preference to do simple demos, I'm never sure how to make something active in the space of a lightning talk.
My approach is ultimately to just bring my energy. I explain what a librarian does and I give them a quick tour of the home page. My performances this semester have been a little chaotic, but if my main learning objective is "Larry is cool and not scary, you can come talk to him" a little messiness is probably a good thing. I worry that I undermine my own credibility in these shows, but at the same time I think I'm ok with that. As usual, if one student decides that they can reach out with a question because I've made it clear that I'm just a guy then I've done my job.
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