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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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Fatima Espinoza Vasquez

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
Fatima K. Espinoza Vasquez has a PhD in Information Science and Technology from the Syracuse iSchool. Her research is connected to the central themes of the interaction between organizations, ICTs, and socio-political processes. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Connecticut, where she is researching how discourses embedded in frames motivate diverse under-represented groups to work collaboratively and adapt their organizational and ICT structures to accommodate diversity.
Tuesday, January 17
 

6:30pm EST

 
Wednesday, January 18
 

7:30am EST

8:00am EST

8:30am EST

10:30am EST

 
Thursday, January 19
 

7:30am EST

8:00am EST

8:30am EST

10:30am EST

12:15pm EST

2:00pm EST

3:30pm EST

7:00pm EST

 
Friday, January 20
 

7:30am EST

8:30am EST