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Posted on March 3, 2018 by Maureen Collins-Williams
Congratulations to Jennifer Nutefall, university librarian at Santa Clara University, for editing Service Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries, which was chosen as the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Publication of the Year. Read more about the award from the American Library Association. [full disclosure: the moderator of this blog contributed a chapter to this publication.]
Tags: ACRL Instruction Section, Jennifer Nutefall, Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Categories: Conferences & Awards
Posted on January 1, 2018 by Maureen Collins-Williams
Call for Proposals: Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning Critically Engaged Librarianship:   Exploring Service Learning and Community Involvement August 9-10,  2018 American University, Washington, D.C. Join us for the 2018 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning! Conference Focus: The intended community for this colloquium includes all who are interested in current and potential partnerships among academic librarians, faculty who teach service learning courses, service learning professionals, and community partners.  The colloquium is designed to facilitate the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives and best practices in library engagement with/in academic service learning.  Students who participated in service learning or community engagement projects are encouraged to attend and submit proposals.   The planning committee welcomes proposals on any aspect of libraries and service learning/community involvement. Session topics may include, but are not limited to The Student Experience: Student engagement/career readiness; student learning outcomes/ ACRL Information Literacy Frames. Case Studies: Service-learning throughout the disciplines; innovative programs/collaborations; international service learning (international contexts and/or international students). Community Partners: Libraries and community outreach/reciprocal partnerships; impact of service learning on the community; ensuring or maximizing community benefit. Communities are defined as the campus community, local community, or global community. Program Development:  Curriculum mapping for service learning courses; setting strategic planning and priorities in the engaged library. Assessment: Assessing programs, courses, or initiatives; service learning in university accreditation; impact on student retention; demonstrating the library’s value. Research:...
Tags: CLSL2018, Colloquium on Libraries and Service-Learning, Service-Learning Categories: Conferences & Awards
Posted on January 1, 2018 by Maureen Collins-Williams
Join the new engaged library listserv! Are you interested in discussing how libraries impact service learning? Have you attended regional or national Campus Compact conferences or the Colloquium on Libraries and Service Learning? Join the new engaged library listserv to continue the conversation with librarians and others working with faculty, students, service learning professionals, and the local community. The listserv provides an opportunity for participants to engage in the sharing of research, ideas, perspectives, and best practices in library engagement with service learning. The listserv will be useful for: Learning about what other libraries/librarians are doing in the area of student service learning Asking for input on how to get started with service learning Providing support for students, librarians, and the community Discussing how to assess the impact of librarian involvement in service learning courses Talking about faculty/librarian collaborations in service learning courses Connecting service learning to social justice Finding research partners To subscribe to engagedlibrary-l, simply do the following: Send a message to list[at] from the address you want to subscribe to the list. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe engagedlibrary-l Firstname Lastname Leave the message body blank.  
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Posted on November 11, 2017 by Maureen Collins-Williams
Moderator’s note: This post was written by Anne Marie Gruber, Instruction & Liaison Librarian, University of Northern Iowa There is increasing interest among academic librarians in supporting community engagement efforts on our campuses, as evidenced by a growing number of publications on this topic. Librarians are discussing how we can leverage our roles on campus to support service-learning and other forms of campus-community partnerships. As discussed previously on this blog, this can take shape through information literacy instruction, providing local collections, and providing spaces for community events and meetings. In addition, academic libraries can help our campuses tell their community engagement stories by archiving projects online, often through institutional repositories (IR) we already provide to campus constituents. While many campuses have significant amounts of service-learning and other forms of community engagement already happening, getting the word out about these projects on campus and among alumni/donors can be difficult in an age of information overload. What if campus had an online repository of such projects, complete with student and faculty research, event photos, videos, and more? Academic libraries are creating just these sorts of collections, well-positioned to help gather, curate, and manage the resulting artifacts. An added benefit is the ability to make community-based research and projects available publicly–a hallmark of mutually beneficial relationships between campus and community. My institution, University of Northern Iowa, has a fairly new but growing collection of community engagement projects, available at UNI Scholarworks. One notable sub-collection comes from the annual Service-Learning Institute (SLI). SLI is a collaboration with Iowa Campus Compact(1) to train a select group of faculty in service-learning best practices and pair each with a community partner so they can co-create course-...
Tags: Institutional Repositories, Library/librarian roles, Service-learning videos, Uncategorized, Anne Marie Gruber, Beauty Outside Our Doors, Building a Bridge: How Library Services can Support Local Communities, Diverse Family Bibliography, Iowa Campus Compact, Running Past the Trees, The Moving Words Project, UNI Scholarworks, University of Northern Iowa
Posted on September 9, 2016 by Maureen Collins-Williams
If you’re looking for some professional development opportunities related to service learning and its connections to information literacy, look no further.  Our colleagues Jennifer Nutefall and Alex Hodges will present Connecting Pedagogies: Service Learning and Information Literacy via an ACRL Webcast on November 16, 2016.  For more information and to register, please visit:
Tags: Professional Development Opportunities Related to Service-Learning, ACRL, ACRL Webcast, Association of College and Research Libraries, Connecting Pedagogies: Service Learning and Information Literacy, Jennifer Nutefall
Posted on February 2, 2014 by Maureen Collins-Williams
Thanks to Jennifer Nutefall, I was recently made aware of this online professional development opportunity hosted by Infopeople, “Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector.”  It sounds like a great opportunity.
Tags: Civic Engagement, Civic literacy, Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector, Infopeople Categories: Civic Engagement, Conferences & Awards
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Maureen Collins-Williams
I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the planning committee for a new one-day library colloquium about libraries & service-learning!  Details forthcoming.  For now, save the date!  It will take place on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.  Spread the word to your colleagues.  The conference is for those new to service-learning and service-learning veterans.
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Posted on April 4, 2013 by Maureen Barry
On Sunday, my co-instructors, Sarah Twill and Hunt Brown and I leave for our week-long service trip to Athens County, Ohio.  It is the "capstone" experience in our Honors course Ethics of Sustainability in Appalachia. While I will try to blog while I'm away, computer access will be limited.  So, another way to keep us with us is to follow our twitter hashtag:  #WSUinApp2013 It's been a great group of students this semester, so we're looking forward to serving with them and with our community partners: Good Works, Green Edge Gardens, Rural Action, Athens County Public Library, Monday Creek Restoration Project, and ReUse Industries
Tags: Good Works, Green Edge Gardens, Rural Action, Athens County Library, Monday Creek Restoration Project, ReUse Industries
Posted on April 4, 2013 by Maureen Barry
Yesterday afternoon, Harry C. Boyte, civic engagement expert and Senior Fellow at University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, spoke at Wright State University.  He is well-known for promoting public work and citizen professionalism, among other related topics.  His message was loud and clear: each individual has the ability to and SHOULD express their citizenship through their everyday WORK.  In other words, this citizenship should not just be practiced "on the side" through volunteering for a cause for a couple of hours.  He stressed that we live in a culture of detachment, where businesses, higher education institutions, and individuals, just to name a few, have forgotten their roles as citizens in their communities.  If we want to solve this problem, each and every one of us has to think of ourselves as citizens on a daily basis and in our professional work. Boyte recommended that we learn more about the Citizen Professional Center at University of Minnesota as a example of how higher education can play a role in this movement to renew citizenship.  The Citizen Professional Idea encourages professionals to support the rebuilding of civic life in addition to their roles providing their expertise and/or services to individuals. A few other takeaways: Each community has tremendous untapped talent.  Every citizen must participate to make our democracy more healthy and vibrant and to revitalize citizenship. Educators need to teach their students to become powerful agents of change. Although Boyte didn't address service-learning specifically, of course this pedagogy helps students and faculty be engaged in citizenship every day. As librarians, of course, our own daily public work supports and demonstrates citizenship.  How can we play a role to help teach our students and/or patrons to be active, engaged citizens?  Can we assist faculty in creating assignments?  Can we promote and/or...
Tags: Citizen Professional Center, Civic Engagement, Harry C. Boyte Categories: Civic Engagement
Posted on April 4, 2013 by Maureen Barry
Thanks to those of you who may be visiting this blog because you attended the session "From research to action: Pairing Information Literacy and Service-learning" at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference last week.   My co-presenters (Dr. Maggie Stevens, Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact; Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian at Santa Clara University and Dr. Sarah Twill, Associate Professor of Social Work at Wright State University) and I were thrilled to have such an engaged audience with good questions and general enthusiasm for service-learning opportunities. Dr. Stevens provided an overview of Campus Compact, defined service-learning and described its importance in higher education.  We then described four case studies in which Jennifer and I have worked with faculty to pair information literacy and service-learning.  (You can see the handout linked below) to read more about 3 of the 4 case studies.  Finally, we invited the audience to participate in a think-pair-share activity.  The following questions were included as possible topics of discussion amongst attendees: 1.  John Riddle wrote an article in 2003 "Where's the library in service-learning?"  He explores how information literacy and service-learning have gone along parallel to one another with similar goals (educated citizenry, for example) seemingly unknowingly of one another.  What similarities and differences do you see between IL & SL?  Is there an opportunity to make a more formal connection between the two? 2.  What institutional barriers exist that could make it difficult to pair IL & SL?  How might you creatively negotiate those differences? 3.  What faculty members do you think you could approach when you return to your campus?  Why do their classes seem like a good fit? 4.  What are the "selling points" for your involvement in service-learning? A copy of our handout...
Tags: ACRL, ACRL2013, Association of College & Research Libraries, Indiana Campus Compact, Jennifer Nutefall, Maggie Stevens, Santa Clara University, Sarah Twill, Wright State University Categories: Pairing Information Literacy and Service-Learning, SL Courses, SL Models, SL Pedagogy