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?
Over the past several years, we have witnessed an unprecedented number of tragedies. From the Paris bombings to the Charleston church shooting and so many others, terrorism has become a part of our everyday life. Consequently, these acts of terror have had a far-reaching impact on our global and local communities. Here in the United States, police shootings and public protests in cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore have also resulted in crises that have been particularly hard-felt, but more significantly, they live vividly in our memories. The fact is, we are not only learning about these events from mainstream news sources, but we are also seeing these events unfold in real time – and seeing footage of the actual events replayed in perpetuity. In other words, because of social media and mobile technology, news today can be reported directly from the source as it is happening. The attacks on the Orlando Pulse Nightclub and the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, serve as good examples of this expedient nature of information.
This panel will discuss what every day acts of terrorism tell us about community engagement and social responsibility in LIS. Panelists will present a DIY idea/activity/plan that will advance our understanding of this issue across the curriculum, research, and composition of faculty and/or students in LIS education. Often faculty may not feel they have the background or expertise to address these pertinent, yet controversial issues individually or at their home institution. This session will address this gap by having each presenter that is straightforward and implementable.