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Service-learning represented at LOEX

Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Last week, hundreds of instruction librarians gathered in Columbus, Ohio for the biggest LOEX conference ever.  I was thrilled that the planning committee included a presentation about service-learning in the program.  Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University, presented a case study of a course with which he was involved at his institution.  He was embedded in an environmental studies senior seminar that employed service-learning pedagogy.  The students in the course iden

Alternative spring break

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity this week to travel with the Social and Environmental Sustainability in Appalachia (UH 202-203) course to southeastern Ohio (Athens County).  We are learning a ton and making lots of new friends as we complete social and environmental projects in the community.

Final Update, Week 10: InfoLit course (EDT 110)

Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We made it!  Our students learned some crucial information literacy skills, helped solve a community problem (illiteracy) and turned in a pretty solid research portfolio to Project READ.  Yesterday, we met one final time this quarter to reflect as a group, along with Becky Garvin, Director of Project READ and Cathy Sayer, Director of Service-Learning at Wright State University.  In preparation for this reflection, the students write responses to 4 or 5 reflection prompts.  Then we discuss as a group what they have learned about information literacy, about themselves and about their communit

Service-learning as academic discipline?

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Earlier this week, I attended a book discussion about Dan Butin's book "Service-Learning in theory and practice:  The future of community engagement in higher education." One of the main arguments Butin makes is that service-learning should have a discipline-based home in the academy.  He compares it to how feminism, which began as a social movement, became women's studies within the academy. Of course, this leads to hundreds of questions.  What would this look like?  Would the focus be on citizenship in our democracy? or community studies?

LOEX Quarterly article - hot off the presses

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The new issue of LOEX Quarterly is out, and my article is finally published!  Thank you, Brad Seitz, Managing Editor, for your patience and guidance while I was working on this article.  Part II will be published in the next issue. Barry, M. (2011).  Librarians as Partners in Service-Learning Courses (Part I).  LOEX Quarterly: 38(1), Article 5. Check it out if your library belongs to LOEX! According to the LOEX Quarterly site:  "Only the most recent four electronic issues (i.e., the most recent year) are password-protected.

Update, Week 2: UH 202-203 service-learning course

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012

UH 202-203, Environmental and Social Sustainability in Appalachia, students will come to the library for a research workshop next week.  This week, I created a libguide to point them to some resources that can help them think of topics (in addition to class material and the novel they are reading, Strange as this Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake).  I showed them the libguide at the beginning of class yesterday and told them the more they think about their topics before they come, the more time they will save during the workshop.

IL & Service-Learning: Women's Studies course at Eastern Michigan University

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011

Another article highlighting an example of integrating service-learning and information literacy found me this morning, Combining academic service-learning and information literacy: A new framework for an introductory women's studies course by Solange Simoes and Suzanna Gray can be found in the Eastern Michigan University Digital Commons at