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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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Sandy Hirsh

San Jose State University
Associate Dean for Academics
San Jose, CA
Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University. She previously served as Professor and Director of the School of Information at San José State University for ten years from 2010-2020. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. As an industry user experience researcher, leader, and manager, she contributed to R&D research projects and influenced the user experience of web, mobile, and TV consumer products resulting in 2 U.S. patents and 3 patent applications. She has published two editions of her book, Information Services Today: An Introduction, with Rowman & Littlefield. In November 2019, she published a book Blockchain, as book 3 in the ALA Library Futures Series. She has held numerous leadership roles in professional associations, including serving as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) – a position she is currently serving – and as Past President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She is also active in the American Library Association, currently serving on ALA Council and as a an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, and in IFLA, currently serving on the standing committee for Continuing Professional Development & Workplace Learning. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series. She holds both a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.