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Posted on February 2, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Our class didn't meet during Week 5 due to the ice storm.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Last spring, I approached an English composition instructor, Stephanie Dickey, about integrating a research component into her English 102 service-learning intensive course.  I sent Stephanie Jennifer Nutefall's article: "The relationship between service learning and research."  (see Recommended Reading for the full citation).  Jennifer had done something similar with a composition instructor at George Washington University.

Categories: SL Models
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Homework due today, 1/25:  Students viewed the Information Cycle tutorial, produced by Penn State University Libraries; Students also submitted three articles related to their research topic (reading/writing assessment for K-8 students) to a dropbox in the learning management system.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

During Tuesday morning's class, our students discussed the web sites they found for homework.  They each found three web sites relating to assessing reading skills for K-8 students.  They decided in groups which they would deem the "best" and discussed with the entire class what criteria they considered in choosing the best web site.  After this practice in evaluating the web sites they chose, we provided a brief introduction to the Education Research Complete database, so they were prepared to find 3 articles on the same topic for homework.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Don't miss the ACRL Instruction Section virtual discussion "Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian."  This email just came across the ili-listserv yesterday: The IS current topics discussion, “Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian” will be held online Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT) via the Elluminate platform. Convened by Gabe Gossett of Western Washington University, this virtual discussion will be an opportunity for participants to learn how service learning is becoming an important issue for academic librarians.

Categories: SL Models, SL Pedagogy
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry
I am pleased to be part of a learning community of faculty members who teach SL courses at Wright State.  In our second meeting today, we discussed the origins of SL and differences in terminology.  Many SL experts have tied the origins of SL to John Dewey and public education; however, some are making arguments now that it ties back to our forefathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, asserting that public education is a right.  SL is a relatively "young" pedagogy.  SL, as it is taught today, really dates back to the early 1990s when higher education institutions started placing more emphasis
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Week 1 was full of logistics and housekeeping.  An experienced SL instructor and faculty liaison to the Office of Service Learning, Dr. Sarah Twill (Social Work), presented "What's this service learning thing Cheryl and Maureen are making me do?" The students also met Becky Garvin, the interim director of Project READ, who explained to them what the agency does for our community.  She thanked them for the work they are about to do for Project READ and our community.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on December 12, 2010 by Maureen Barry

This week, I've spent most of my time preparing for my EDT [Educational Technology] 110:  Community Research Connections course.  My co-teacher and I have been in conversations with our community partner, Project READ, since August.  Our students will research assessment tools that reading tutors can use with their students, compile research portfolios and make recommendations to Project READ (PR) based on their findings.    This is a need PR has had for some time, but they haven't had the time to do the research

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on December 12, 2010 by Maureen Barry

My journey with SL began two+ years ago when a colleague and I decided to integrate Service Learning into our credit IL course.  We hoped our students could do research for a local nonprofit that needed it.  Most nonprofit agencies are sorely understaffed and overworked.  It seemed obvious to us that they would appreciate our students' work since it would leave them time to do other things.  It also seemed obvious to us the connections between information literacy curriculum and service learning curriculum.  Both aim to make students active, engaged citizens and critical thinkers.  (More on

Tags: Information Literacy Course (EDT 110), SL Models
Posted on December 12, 2010 by Maureen Barry

Service learning (SL) has been an important part of my career for the past two years.  I devoured SL literature, and discovered that SL is discussed infrequently in the library literature (although I have discovered a few more SL fans in library land).    I integrated SL into four models of  information literacy & library instruction. I hope to share my experiences with other librarians, and start a conversation about the connections between SL and information literacy.  I must admit,  I hope this blog will help propel SL into library conferences, literature and conversations.

Categories: SL Models

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