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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 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Session 5.1 C Juried Paper: Factors Influencing the Intention of Students to Continue Using e-Books: Recommendations for Academic Libraries to Better Engage with Students

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e-Books are becoming increasingly popular among students across the country. Academic libraries serve as one of the main sources for students to access and use e-Books. e-Books represent one of the most environmental friendly modes of learning in the 21st century. Hence, it is a social responsibility of academic libraries to manage student interest and usage of e-Books.

The goal of this original research conducted with 279 undergraduate students at a landgrant university in South was to: (a) study the factors influencing the behavioral intention of students to continue using e-Books, and (b) inform academic libraries for managing the student interest and usage of e-Books.


Kanchan Deosthali

Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Mary Washington
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Devendra Potnis

Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
My interdisciplinary research focuses on the application of information and communication technologies (e.g., e-Books, mobile apps, information systems, websites, etc.) for the development of society (including libraries), governments, and businesses. In particular, my research projects... Read More →
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Xiaohua Zhu

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Xiaohua (Awa) Zhu is an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Zhu's research focuses on e-resources licensing and management, access rights, digital copyright, open government, and academic libraries.

Thursday January 19, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
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