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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 7.3 A Juried Paper: Developing a Community Engaged Model of Scholarship in Archival Studies

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This paper discusses a community engaged model of scholarship in archival studies that encompasses research, teaching, and service. It reports on the initial development and implementation of a community engaged model of scholarship using the author’s community-centered research in Boston, Massachusetts with a local immigrant Latino population.

The community-centered research project uses the testimonio (testimony) as a narrative device to record the life histories of the Latino population who bear witness to and are experiencing displacement as a result of urban renewal and gentrification phenomena. In Latin America, the testimonio is symbolically powerful as it dates back to pre-Columbian societies through oral traditions, to national liberation movements, to the more recent formation of truth and reconciliation commissions as sites for human rights victims and violators to bear witness. Therefore, using the testimonio is epistemologically meaningful and warranted given the political nature of the phenomena.


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