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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 1.1 B Juried Paper: Engaging the Public through Digital Publishing

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Our presentation addresses the logistical challenges of teaching a complex digital publishing tool in a distance course and encourages instructors to think about selecting the right tools to make their course projects accessible to the public. Furthermore, the project’s focus on “diverse history” encourages students to see themselves and their community members as active agents who decide what stories we include and exclude in our histories.

Speakers
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Daniel Tracy

LIS and Research Services Librarian, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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