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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 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 2.2 SIG: Women’s Engagement with Technology: Personal and Work Places

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How are women engaged in technology in their daily personal lives and in the workplace? What efforts by education effective recruit women into information technology? Get the inside stories – and recommendations -- in this two-presentation session.

1) “Technology Tamers: The influence of women in ICT adoption, use and enjoyment”

This presentation will focus on the results of a qualitative study in India and Australia that explores ways in which middle-class, well-educated females use ICT for everyday use and the influences they have on extending that adoption, use and enjoyment of technology into their family units. The focus will include discussion of how libraries can best meet the needs of such users to forge digital inclusion ICT pathways.

2) “STEMing information studies: Exploring educational opportunities to enhance gender equity”

This presentation reports the results of a discourse and content analysis of STEM gender equity websites and IS publications that identify opportunities for IS programs and research activities to more proactively reduce gender inequities in the field.

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Lesley Farmer

Professor, California State University
Dr. Farmer, CSU Long Beach Professor, coordinates its Teacher Librarianship program, and manages CSU's ICT Literacy Project. She chairs CSLA's CSI and the Research Committee. She has over 30 published books, 100s of articles and book chapters.

Wednesday January 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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