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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 7.4 Juried Panel: Sustaining Community Engagement and Fostering Social Responsibility: Teaching and Learning about Diversity in LIS Programs

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With the increasing community orientation of LIS practice and scholarship, the debate on the role of diversity education takes center stage. The very idea of community engagement in such complex multicultural societies as the U.S. and Canada is inextricably linked to educating a new generation of professionals who are culturally competent, knowledgeable, and well-equipped for dealing with diverse individuals and community groups. Yet, with a few exceptions, education for diversity is not an integral part of the LIS curriculum. Course offerings are limited; the definition of diversity is often narrow and does not encompass a variety of life experiences. 

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Nadia Caidi

University of Toronto
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Nicole Amy Cooke

Assistant Profesor, MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois
Nicole A. Cooke is an Assistant Professor, and Director of the MS/LIS program, at the School of Information Sciences, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds an M.Ed in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University, and an MLS and a Ph.D. in Communication, Information... Read More →

Toni Samek

University of Alberta

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