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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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Friday, January 20 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 7.2 A Juried Paper: Assessing the reproductive health-related information-seeking behavior of low-income women as it is influenced by self-perception of risk and perceived barriers

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In the United States there is still a considerable deficit in the reproductive health of poor women. This deficit manifests in many ways that negatively affect both women and their children. Despite the profound amount of literature detailing both the lack and the consequences of the disparity of reproductive healthcare suffered by low-income women, there exists a gap in the research deciphering the root cause.

Research suggests that a digital divide exists and that women of socioeconomic status are often at a disadvantage by the consequences of this divide. One repercussion of this chasm is a lack of adequate information; particularly of accurate and accessible reproductive health information which has been found to be related to poor reproductive health. This research will employ a quantitative approach by means of adapting a previously validated assessment tool of pregnancy-related information seeking behavior to gauge reproductive health information-seeking in low-income women.


Margaret Sullivan Zimmerman

University of South Carolina, United States of America

Friday January 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am EST
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