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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 5.5 B Juried Paper: Teaching Community Engagement

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America’s founding fathers proclaimed the necessity of an informed citizenry. But information alone does not guarantee citizen participation. Information and engagement must work together. Engagement marks a critical point where community and individual information needs intersect. Community engagement refers to the multiple ways that we learn about, collaborate with, and support community members. Typical activities include facilitating community conversations, assessing community aspirations and concerns, involving community members in decision-making, partnering to advance shared goals, promoting civic literacy, convening forums for dialogue and deliberation, and engaging with diverse historic and cultural experiences of constituents.

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