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Embeddedness in a service-learning course

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012

Just this week, I learned that I will have a new opportunity this quarter.  I am embedded librarian in a service-learning interdisciplinary course, UH 202-203:  Environmental and Social Sustainability in Appalachia.  This will include a 6-day service trip to Southeast Ohio, an area hard-hit by coal mining and economic struggles, to work with several community partners over our spring break.  And, yes, I'm going on the trip!  In fact, we may partner with one of the Athens County Public Libraries to complete a service project for them as well. The instructors, a social work professor and an earth and environmental sciences lecturer, require students to write a research paper about a social, economic, or environmental issue that impacts the Appalachian region.  They will also require students to incorporate other sources in their reflection papers for the first time.  I will provide classroom instruction at least once, and meet with each student individually. I'll post updates about the course throughout the quarter.  It will be interesting to see how everything takes shape!  This is new territory for me and the instructors.