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Owing to the scope and pace of change, society has become increasingly knowledge-based so that higher learning and research now act as essential components of cultural, socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development of individuals, communities and nations. In this environment, it is essential that higher learning and knowledge creation involve effective partnerships among academic and non-academic learning institutions and communities to create and apply learning and knowledge with stakeholders that are managing and creating sustainable development initiatives. Growing concern regarding the importance of the contribution that higher education institutions make to society has aroused increasing debate about their relevance and credibility amid escalating social problems. An underlying premise of community engagement is the understanding that not all knowledge and expertise resides in the academy, and that both expertise and great learning opportunities in teaching and scholarship also reside in non-academic settings.

This conference will explore how LIS educators and researchers can develop curricula, programs, and research activities that enable active partnerships with communities and civil society to manage and create change. How can LIS programs increase opportunities for experiential, service oriented, and community engaged student learning? How can we develop further collaboration between LIS programs and their larger communities (local, regional/ state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity?

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Friday, January 20

7:30am EST

8:00am EST

8:30am EST

Session 7.4 Juried Panel: Sustaining Community Engagement and Fostering Social Responsibility: Teaching and Learning about Diversity in LIS Programs Atlanta 4Denice Adkins • Nadia Caidi • Nicole Amy Cooke • Keren Dali • Paul T. Jaeger • Toni Samek Session 7.1 A Juried Paper: Coming to Voice: Black Feminist theoretical frame in Community-Based Information Environments Georgia 2/3LaVerne Gray Session 7.1 B Juried Paper: An LGBT Community Defines and Builds Information Sources to Fulfill Overlooked Social Needs Georgia 2/3Gabriel Gomez Session 7.1 C Juried Paper: “How do I do this right?”: Insider/outsider dynamics and information practices of LGBTQ+ individuals Georgia 2/3Vanessa L. Kitzie • Marie Radford Session 7.2 A Juried Paper: Assessing the reproductive health-related information-seeking behavior of low-income women as it is influenced by self-perception of risk and perceived barriers Atlanta 1Margaret Sullivan Zimmerman Session 7.2 C Juried Paper: Engaging Communities through Research and Practice: A New LIS Curricula Atlanta 1Linda Braun • Kathleen Campana • J. Elizabeth Mills Session 7.3 A Juried Paper: Developing a Community Engaged Model of Scholarship in Archival Studies Atlanta 3Janet Ceja Session 7.3 B Juried Paper: Preparing Knowledge Workers: Knowledge Literacy for the Workplace Atlanta 3Darin Freeburg Session 7.3 C Juried Paper: Experiential Learning for Online Students: Rolling Out to Community Engagement Atlanta 3Sue Kimmel • Old Dominion University

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