Mary Francis. The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts (Publications in Librarianship No. 71). Chicago, Ill.: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. 184p. $48.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8933-3).

Amy Frazier


The purpose of Mary Francis’ book is to make a persuasive case in favor of bringing fun into library instruction in an academic setting and to provide a structured approach for doing so that is rooted in the ACRL Threshold Concepts. Mary Francis is an associate professor of library science as well as a reference and instruction librarian at Dakota State University. The book is a pragmatic-minded, approachable volume designed to introduce readers to the benefits of including fun as an element in instructional design and the theories underlying fun as a motivational tool, as well as provide a set of example lesson plans that integrate fun and specifically address the ACRL Threshold Concepts.

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