This morning, I read an article posted in the online American Libraries, called Community Reference: Making libraries indispensible in a new way by Colbe Galston, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, Katherine Johnson, and Amy Long. It reminded me a lot of why I chose to explore service-learning as an option for my information literacy course 5 years ago. They highlight many of the same concepts in their endeavors to get out into the community that are vital to a successful academic service-learning relationships. The authors stress the importance of working as a partner, building relations
The American Library Association received a grant from the Fetzer Institute to support conversations about community, civility and compassion. Although libraries by their very nature are civically engaged, a program like this will give them a chance to label themselves as such - which might remind others (read: policy makers, patrons, taxpayers, etc.) what they stand for.