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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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Elham Sayyad Abdi

Queensland University of Technology
Associate Lecturer
Brisbane, Queensland
I'm an associate lecturer (=assistant professor in the US higher education system) in the Information Systems School at QUT, Australia.

My research interest lies in the information experience domain, including information literacy within everyday life and workplace contexts. I am specifically interested in the idea of "information experience design" (IXD), as an enabler of information literacy. IXD is about designing and developing interventions such as tools, services, strategies, policies, etc. that can enhance people's engagement with information.

Currently, I am project-leading two funded studies:
1) an investigation into migrant information literacy to inform service providers' practice; and
2) a study into non-library user refugees' information experience and how public libraries can enhance this experience.

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