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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 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
President's Program: Best Practices for Incorporating Community Engagement and Outreach in Curricula

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This session will explore how LIS curricula can align learning goals and community engagement goals to ensure a rich student learning experience. Content should inform students about various dimensions of their community project and, likewise, community engagement should allow opportunities to learn course content at deeper levels. How do we encourage and support community involvement in such activities as project planning, student orientation, presentations, and so forth? Julia Gaines and Jennifer Frum, from the University of Georgia, will start the session with a discussion of their experiences with community engagement. Facilitated group discussions will follow to explore opportunities for community engagement in LIS curricula.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicole Amy Cooke

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 →
avatar for Bharat Mehra

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 →


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
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