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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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Tuesday, January 17 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
ALISE Academy: The LIS Educator's Career Life Cycle of Social Responsibility: Issues and Solutions

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The 2017 ALISE Academy focuses on the strategies that educators can develop as they engage with their community and in social responsibility. Three presenters, who are at different stages of their career lifecycle, share issues and solutions that emerge from their experience as they engage with their community and in social responsibility. They address questions that include: 1) How does one engage in social justice during a tenuous and early stage in her or his career? 2) What are the means to capitalizing one's work later in her or his career? And 3) How does one leave a legacy of community engagement and social responsibility? The Academy provides an opportunity for participants to contribute to developing strategies and solutions to challenges.

This session will be limited to 125 participants, first-come, first-served. Be sure to register for this complimentary session during conference registration.

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Bharat Mehra

Associate Professor, UTK School of Information Sciences
Dr. Mehra's research examines diversity and intercultural communication, social justice in library and information science (LIS), critical and cross-cultural studies, and community informatics or the use of information and communication technologies to empower minority and underserved... Read More →

Tuesday January 17, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Georgia 2/3