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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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Wednesday, January 18 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 1.5 SIG: Promoting Community Engagement and Social Responsibility through Innovative Teaching

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The Innovative Pedagogies SIG will offer a program focused on “Promoting Community Engagement and Social Responsibility through Innovative Teaching.” Each presentation will last approximately 10 minutes, with a discussion period following all of the presentations. Topics include examining culture, bias, and equity in computer programming; using elements of hip-hop as a pedagogical tool to encourage social responsibility; providing reference services to incarcerated people through a reference course; integrating partnership-based assignments into every course; teaching the community-led approach to outreach; and using criticality, a blend of critical thinking, critical pedagogy, and social ethics, in service- and project-based assignments.

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Don Latham

Professor, Florida State University, School of Information
Information literacy, digital literacies, youth services, young adult literature

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Emily Drabinski

Long Island University
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Martin Wolske

Director, Center for Digital Inclusion, iSchool, UIUC
Martin came to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1995 to serve as the first full-time systems administrator for Prairienet Community Network, where we looked at ways to bring this relatively new thing called the Internet to the community to foster stronger... Read More →

Wednesday January 18, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EST
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