As part of yesterday's student-run philanthropy/community service event, Wright Commitment, I volunteered at Crayons to Classrooms (C2C) along a few other WSU students and staff members. Crayons to Classrooms provides school supplies for teachers of children in need. We helped teachers bag their supplies and get them to their cars. C2C has served about 34 schools and more than 1,000 teachers in the Dayton area. They celebrated the landmark of distributing $1 million dollars worth of materials back in Februa
Update: I am waiting for the keynote to come to the library on DVD since I was ill and missed the lecture. I will post a summary when I can get my hands on the DVD! I'm looking forward to hearing Dr. Barbara Holland, service-learning and civic engagement expert, speak at Wright State next week as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. She will present on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in the Apollo Room. More information is here.
Wright State University was recently named one of the top ten colleges that gives back to the community by The Washington Monthly. You can also read more in the Huffington Post here. The story at Huffington Post highlights a committee of Wright State University staff members has formed a group called We Serve U to promote community service among WSU staff and facul
The American Library Association Center for Civic Life is surveying libraries to determine what they are offering in terms of civic and community engagement. Some more information is available here. Please take the survey! It's important to offer some proof of how we are supporting and engaging with our communities.
I'm thrilled that my colleague and co-teacher, Cheryl Lauricella, and I will be co-presenting, along with Kirsten Fox from Ohio Campus Compact, about service learning at the 2011 Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio conference in Toledo, November 4. Our presentation title is Service Learning and Libraries: Emerging Opportunities for today's changing higher education landscape. More information about the conference is coming soon here.
Have you heard of this new site? Philanthroper highlights a different nonprofit each day and allows members to donate as little as $1 or as much as $10 to the organization. It's a cool twist on all of these daily deal sites that are all the rage now.
Why service-learning? How did this come to be my "research agenda?" Service-learning provides meaningful opportunities for teaching and learning. And it's clearly growing in popularity, nationally. How do I know this? There are lots of signs, including all the research that indicates students retain what they learn better when it's applied to real-world issues through service-learning. But today, I'll focus on two of these signs.
- When will this classification move from elective to a basic or traditional classification? Since service-learning and civic engagement trends are growing rapidly, my outlook is positive that this will someday be the case.
- The next opportunity for institutions to apply for this designation is 2015.
Since it's so rare to hear about the librarians' role in a service-learning course, I contacted both the instructor, Barbara Wallace, and the librarian, Kathi Epperson, for the UC Clermont class I read (and posted) about last week.