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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 5.6 SIG: Practitioner input in curriculum design: Is our present model working?

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While it is recognized that library and information graduates are still required to be taught core theories, knowledge, and skills while at university, employers are increasingly demanding them to have additional skills to enable them to function as competent information professionals (Stephens & Hamblin, 2006, p. 224). A study on perceived preparedness of recent graduates by Creel and Pollicino (2012) still supports this. They surveyed both recent MLS graduates and practitioners. It revealed that there are still larger gaps between the two sides and suggested service learning projects and course work may need to be reexamined within the curriculum.

In a panel discussion at the ALISE 2016 Conference, Abbas, Garnar, Kennedy, Kenney, Luo, and Stephens (2016) concluded that research is necessary to inform LIS education and practice but that numerous barriers place constraints on this process (p. 94). One of those barriers is that there is a need to establish relationships with practitioners and to involve them in the research. Because they are not frequently involved in research, the focus may not be on issues important to practitioners.

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Jason Coleman

Associate Professor & Department Head, Kansas State University
I am the Head of K-State Libraries' User Services Department. As such I oversee three combined circulation/reference desks as well as the Libraries' Interlibrary Services Unit. I am very interested in user service design, discovery systems, virtual reference, distance library services... Read More →
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Michael Crumpton

Assistant Dean for Administrative Services, NCLA President, UNC Greensboro
http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/clist.aspx?id=1946">Michael A. Crumpton, MLS, SHRM-SCP, is the Assistant Dean for Administrative Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mike oversees administration of budgets, human resources and facilities; organizes and addresses... Read More →
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YooJin Ha

Assicuate Professor, Clarion University
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Linda L. Lillard

Professor and Department Chair and Program Director, Clarion University
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Cecilia L. Salvatore

Associate Professor & Coordinator/Archives & Cultural Heritage Program, Dominican University

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