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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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Thursday, January 19 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 4.2 A Juried Paper: Partnering with the LIS Community to Design Curriculum for Development of Management Skills in Information Professionals

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The library and information science (LIS) profession is currently navigating through a protracted period of change fueled by rapid technological innovation. The changing nature of information and its distribution and the growth of online education is correspondingly impacting community expectations for libraries. These societal changes require that LIS graduates are equipped with new workforce skills needed by employers (ALA, 2014). The evolving demand for workforce skills have often been a topic of discussion at ALISE, American Library Association (ALA), and other professional LIS conferences and meetings.

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Rajesh Singh, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Division of Library & Information Science, St. John's University
Rajesh Singh is an Associate Professor in the Division of Library and Information Science (DLIS) at St. John’s University, New York. His deep interest in management and libraries has led him to frequent interfacing with library leaders and research of the application of marketing... Read More →
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James Vorbach

Director, DLIS, St. John's University

Thursday January 19, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EST
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