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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 6.4 SIG: Trends in the Ethics of Community Engagement

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Information ethics can provide practical guidance for communities seeking to implement information systems in socially responsible ways. As advances in information technologies bring new services to more people it is important for awareness of ethical standards to keep pace. This session presents three ethical considerations relevant to LIS educators: ethics of care in public internet access facilities, the ethics of local big data infrastructures, and trends in copyright and intellectual property in online communities. Taken together, these presentations provide a cross-section of ways ethics continue to clarify the relationship between the field and the practice of library and information science.

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John Burgess

Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama
Information Ethics and Sustainable Libraries
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Sheila Corrall

Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Information Culture & Data Stewardship
Sheila Corrall worked in UK public, special, and national libraries in acquisitions, cataloging, reference and information services, before moving into higher education, where she served as university librarian at two institutions and as CIO at a large research university. In 2004... Read More →
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Lesley Farmer

Professor, California State University
Dr. Farmer, CSU Long Beach Professor, coordinates its Teacher Librarianship program, and manages CSU's ICT Literacy Project. She chairs CSLA's CSI and the Research Committee. She has over 30 published books, 100s of articles and book chapters.
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Emily Knox

Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences,, University of Illinois
Emily is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and she also recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory Context, also... Read More →
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Colin Rhinesmith

Associate Professor, Simmons University
Colin Rhinesmith (pronouns: he/him) is an Associate Professor and Director of the Community Informatics Lab, in School of Library and Information Science (iSchool), and the Provost’s Faculty Fellow for Scholarship and Research at Simmons University. He is also a Senior Faculty Research... Read More →
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Miriam E. Sweeney

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
Researching intersections of race, gender, and technology; critical cultural informatics; Internet and digital media studies; social justice and LIS education.

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