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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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Rebecca A. Croxton

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Doctoral Student & Instructor
racroxto@uncg.edu
Rebecca Croxton is a 3rd year doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also teaches online courses as an adjunct instructor for the UNCG LIS department. Her areas of research and expertise include online learning, systemic change, and information seeking in digital environments.
Wednesday, January 18
 

8:30am

10:30am

2:00pm

4:00pm

 
Thursday, January 19
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:30am

12:15pm

2:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

7:00pm

 
Friday, January 20
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:30am