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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 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 6.2 C Juried Paper: How Do you Teach a Maker Librarian?: Makerspaces in Schools of Library Science

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A maker space is defined as a location where students and patrons can participate in active learning. They can create, play, questions, problem solve, and build (Preddy, 2013). Empirical research on makerspaces in libraries to date is ever-growing but still limited. The topic of makerspaces is still more commonly discussed in popular writing venues like magazines, trade publication, and blogs. Research on training, professional development, and coursework in makerspaces is higher in scarcity. While maker learning spaces continue to increase in libraries finding training opportunities problematic, project ideas difficult to locate, and peers with makerspaces hard to pinpoint.

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Heather Moorefield-Lang

Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Heather is an assistant professor for the School of Library and Information Science at The University of South Carolina. She is the former chair of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. The focus of her research is in technology in libraries and schools with... Read More →

Thursday January 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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