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Teaching undergraduates to develop concise and compelling scholarly communication through storytelling

Tiffanie Ford–Baxter (University Library, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Kendall Faulkner (University Library, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 23 November 2022

Issue publication date: 7 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This article reviews current librarian instructional approaches for poster and oral presentation assignments and showcases a new approach using the Pixar Pitch outline.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adapted the Pixar Pitch framework to aid students in synthesizing complex information and improving their communication strategies.

Findings

Librarians are frequently involved in teaching strategic searching and topic development in instruction sessions for students preparing to communicate research through posters and presentations. Students need to understand how to communicate effectively and prepare information for various audiences, skills closely linked to several threshold concepts in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. However, this area remains less taught by librarians. This article presents one approach for librarians to become involved in this instruction.

Originality/value

There is currently minimal research on using the Pixar Pitch within higher education; most use appears in publications in the communications field.

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Citation

Ford–Baxter, T. and Faulkner, K. (2023), "Teaching undergraduates to develop concise and compelling scholarly communication through storytelling", Reference Services Review, Vol. 51 No. 1, pp. 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-08-2022-0030

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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