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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 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session 3.4 SIG: Engaging Diverse Local Communities: Lessons from the Archives

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Research has shown that archives are important resources within diverse communities (Caswell, 2014; Duff et al., 2013; Flinn & Shepherd, 2009). This important link between communities and archives has been borne out in the last few years as crucial events have been preserved by crowdsourcing vital information from the affected communities. Examples include The Documenting Ferguson Project(http://digital.wustl.edu/ferguson/), and the Preserve The Baltimore Uprising 2015 Archive Project (http://baltimoreuprising2015.org/about#aboutproject). Archival institutions throughout the city of Atlanta are valuable resources for researchers and community members. Panelists will share information on a variety of rich and diverse collections within each institution's holdings.

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Nicole Cooke

Assistant Professor, The School Information Sciences, University of Illinois

Robin Kurz

Emporia State University

Wednesday January 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Atlanta 5

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