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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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Sheila Corrall

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Information Culture & Data Stewardship
Professor
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Sheila Corrall worked in UK public, special, and national libraries in acquisitions, cataloging, reference and information services, before moving into higher education, where she served as university librarian at two institutions and as CIO at a large research university. In 2004, she became Professor of Library & Information Management at the University of Sheffield, then head of the Sheffield iSchool, before moving to the US in 2012 to lead the LIS program at Pittsburgh. She is lead faculty for the academic libraries track at Pitt, where she teaches courses on Academic Libraries, Research Methods, and Academic Culture & Practice. Her research interests include the changing roles and skills of librarians in the digital world, particularly in information literacy, research data, scholarly communications, and the open movement in higher ed. She serves on the advisory boards of Credo Reference and Facet Publishing and on the editorial boards of six international journals.
Wednesday, January 18
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:00am

10:30am

2:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

 
Thursday, January 19
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:00am

10:30am

12:15pm

2:00pm

3:30pm

5:00pm

7:00pm

 
Friday, January 20
 

7:30am

8:30am

10:00am

10:30am