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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 C Juried Paper: Engaging Communities through Research and Practice: A New LIS Curricula

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Community engagement, with user communities and practitioner communities in particular, sits at the heart of designing library services, programs, and spaces to best meet the needs of specific communities (Scott 2011). To help libraries best meet the needs of their increasingly diverse communities, MLIS students need to emerge from their programs with an understanding of how to engage communities while utilizing best practices, as defined by relevant research, to create services of all kinds that meet the needs of these communities (Mehra & Robinson, 2009). Building on the work that information researchers are doing to examine the relationships between research and practice (Abbas et al., 2016), it is crucial for MLIS faculty and instructors to understand how to utilize a seamless partnership of research-based frameworks and effective practices to incorporate community engagement into a wide variety of MLIS courses.

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Linda W. Braun

Consultant, The LEO Group
Linda W. Braun is a Learning Consultant with LEO. She works with educational institutions across the United States to design and deliver quality learning experiences for youth, families and professional staff. She manages large-scale projects Future Ready with the Library and Transforming... Read More →

Kathleen Campana

PhD Candidate, University of Washington, United States of America

J. Elizabeth Mills

PhD Candidate, Information School, University of Washington
I have most recently been a research assistant on Project VIEWS2, a study of early literacy in public library storytimes using measurement tools based on early learning benchmarks. My own research explores the role of culture in public library storytimes as a way to include and welcome... Read More →

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