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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 5.4 Juried Panel: Information Services, Technology, and Community Values in LIS Research and Education: What the 2015 Catastrophic Flooding in SC Tells Us

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This panel presentation showcases research conducted by faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina after the state’s catastrophic flooding in October 2015. LIS researchers take social responsibility, through their research, to help local communities examine all aspects of community experiences. The topics underscore how well positioned the information studies are to investigate community engagement. The results of these studies will be integrated into the SLIS curricula. Recommendations will also be made to the library systems and local and federal governments for the improvement of community engagement and services.


Clayton Copeland

Faculty, School of Library & Information Science, USC
Dr. Clayton Copeland is on faculty with the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science and serves as director of LLEAD, the school's Laboratory for Leadership in Equity of Access and Diversity. Dr. Copeland's research focuses upon equity of access to... Read More →

David Dawson

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Robert David Dawson is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neuropsychiatry & Behavioral Science, Rehabilitation Counseling Program at the University of South Carolina. He is also the co-director for the South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational... Read More →
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Samantha Hastings

University of South Carolina
Every day is another chance to leave it better than you found it!i wake up every morning grateful for my clean, warm bed, running water and my own refrigerator (even if it is empty!)
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Amir Karami

Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
I'm currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science and a Faculty Associate at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. My research focuses on text\data... Read More →
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Hassan Zamir

Associate Professor & Director, Informatics, Dominican University

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