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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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MICHELLE K BENEDICTA

Lithuanian Archives Project
Digitization Coordinator
MICHELLE K BENEDICTA
Hi, I'm a PhD student at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. My dissertation will be a phenomenological study of the Generation X females, mobile video gaming, and new literacies. Before going to library school, I worked in electronic publishing for 12 years and was involved in digital asset management of millions of files. I am currently the Digitization Coordinator for the Lithuanian Archives Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving archival materials (photographs, monographs, serials, maps, personal memoirs, and ephemera) related to Lithuanian immigrant/exile history in the United States.
Tuesday, January 17
 

8:00am

9:00am

12:00pm

1:00pm

5:30pm

6:30pm

 
Wednesday, January 18
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:00am

10:30am

12:30pm

2:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

 
Thursday, January 19
 

7:30am

8:00am

10:00am

10:30am

2:00pm

3:30pm

5:00pm

7:00pm