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Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

About this time last year, I approached a friend, Craig This, who teaches a UVC 101 course (first-year seminar or FYS).  I told him I'd like to try a service-learning research project with a UVC 101 class.  He jumped at the opportunity and said "Sign me up!"  I had already approached a community partner, Project READ, about the potential partnership, and they had also (enthusiastically!) agreed to accept students' research and service.

Tags: Craig This, E-Source for College Transitions, First-Year Seminar, Project READ Categories: Library/librarian roles, SL Models, SL Pedagogy
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Our EDT 110 class community partner, Project READ, has a huge fundraiser next week.  The 7th annual Concert for Literacy will take place Thursday, June 30 at 8 p.m. at the Fraze Pavillion in Kettering, Ohio, featuring Parrots of the Caribbean (A Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band).  Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.  All proceeds benefit Project READ.

Tags: Concert for Literacy, EDT 110, Fraze Pavillion, Parrots of the Carribean, Project READ Categories: Civic Engagement, Fundraisers
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

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.

Tags: American Libraries, American Library Association, Fetzer Institute Categories: Civic Engagement, Public Libraries
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) will host the Ohio Teaching & Learning Conference in Dayton October 27 & 28.  The theme of the conference is High Impact Learning in a Time of Change, and it will feature George Kuh (founder of the National Survey for Student Engagemen

Tags: George Kuh, Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, Northeast Ohio Council for Higher Education, Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Teaching & Learning Conference, SOCHE Categories: Conferences & Awards
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

One of the emerging themes at the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) conference was demonstrating the value of academic libraries (see Megan Oakleaf:  

Tags: Derek Rodriguez, George Kuh, High Impact Educational Practices, Megan Oakleaf Categories: Library/librarian roles
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

In October, Jennifer Nutefall & I will lead an ACRL Webcast, Service Learning and Information Literacy: Models for Engagement. Details are available here:

Tags: ACRL, Jennifer Nutefall Categories: Conferences & Awards, Library/librarian roles, SL Models
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry
Categories: SL Models
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

"Research for the greater good: Incorporating service-learning in an information literacy course at Wright State University" was published in this month's (June 2011) College & Research Libraries News. I hope this encourages other librarians to try a similar service-learning model for their information literacy course.

Tags: ACRL, C&RL News, EDT 110, Information Literacy, Wright State University Categories: Publications, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on June 6, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Wright State University is graduating its very first citizen scholar this June. The citizen scholar program was designed by the WSU Office of Service Learning and supports WSU's mission to "engage in significant community service." Students in the program complete multiple service-learning courses throughout their college careers. You can read more about it if you click on the link above.

Tags: Circle of Courage, Friendship Food Pantry, Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Tara Purvis, Wright State University Categories: Library/librarian roles
Posted on May 5, 2011 by Maureen Barry

How could libraries become the community partner in a service-learning partnership? What kinds of projects could service-learners do WITH libraries? This is one of the questions that was discussed at the roundtable discussion about service-learning at the ACRL (Assoc. of College & Research Libraries) annual conference.

Tags: A.K. Heiselt, ACRL, I. R. Miller, IUPUI, Mississippi State University, N. J. Meyer, R. E. Wolverton, RefWorks Categories: Library/librarian roles