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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 2.3 SIG: Community Engagement & Social Responsibilities: Frameworks for Pedagogy and Praxis

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We talk and teach a lot about collaboration and outreach, assuming that everyone has a shared definition of these terms and a shared vision of how they look in praxis. Rather than focus on providing best practices for teaching community engagement and/or social responsibility, or more examples of empowering youth as change agents, this session is designed to provide LIS educators with alternative ways of conceptualizing these terms. By thinking about frameworks rather than instances or examples, we invite LIS educators to re-think how they model and teach these concepts to the next generation of practitioners.

We propose a panel of four invited guest speakers, from within and outside of our field, who have their own interpretations of engagement, collaboration, and outreach. They will each present a 10-minute overview of their framework and then the attendees will participate in a brainstorming session to discuss how one or more of these frameworks can best serve them in their pedagogy.

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Dr. Cindy Welch

Clinical Professor, University of Tennessee - School of Info Sciences
Dr. Cindy Welch is in her 16th year as director of the school library program at the ALA-accredited School of Information Sciences, UT-Knoxville. She is the creator of the Best of the Best series of workshops and has been recognized as a UT Faculty Fellow for Experiential Learning... Read More →

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