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Posted on February 2, 2014 by Maureen Barry

Thanks to Jennifer Nutefall, I was recently made aware of this online professional development opportunity hosted by Infopeople, “Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector.”  It sounds like a great opportunity.

Tags: Civic Engagement, Civic literacy, Community and Civic Engagement: The Library’s Role as Connector, Infopeople Categories: Civic Engagement, Conferences & Awards
Posted on January 1, 2014 by Maureen Barry
Have you been thinking about submitting a proposal for the first-ever colloquium on libraries & service-learning?  Good news!  The deadline has been extended to February 7. See more details about the conference and follow us on Twitter.
Tags: SL Models
Posted on October 10, 2013 by Maureen Barry
In 2015, many institutions will be applying or re-applying for the (elective) Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. I'm wondering if other libraries out there are supporting this process on their campus?  One way I'm helping is by reporting my community engagement activities so that they can be counted.
Tags: Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Categories: SL Models
Posted on October 10, 2013 by Maureen Barry
A few weeks ago, Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and a few other civic-related books, visited Wright State.  Since I have taken so long to write about his visit, I think a bulleted list of take-aways will be best.
  • Help students think about how they're going to be engaged after graduation
  • Help students understand "slow thinking" - this might help them understand that evaluation is a process, not a quick judgement.  (See:  Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow.
Tags: Civic Engagement, Paul Rogat Loeb, Soul of a Citizen
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Maureen Barry

I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the planning committee for a new one-day library colloquium about libraries & service-learning!  Details forthcoming.  For now, save the date!  It will take place on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.  Spread the word to your colleagues.  The conference is for those new to service-learning and service-learning veterans.

Categories: SL Models
Posted on April 4, 2013 by Maureen Barry

On Sunday, my co-instructors, Sarah Twill and Hunt Brown and I leave for our week-long service trip to Athens County, Ohio.  It is the "capstone" experience in our Honors course Ethics of Sustainability in Appalachia.

Tags: Good Works, Green Edge Gardens, Rural Action, Athens County Library, Monday Creek Restoration Project, ReUse Industries
Posted on April 4, 2013 by Maureen Barry

Thanks to those of you who may be visiting this blog because you attended the session "From research to action: Pairing Information Literacy and Service-learning" at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference last week.   My co-presenters (Dr. Maggie Stevens, Executive Director, Indiana Campus Compact; Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian at Santa Clara University and Dr.

Tags: ACRL, ACRL2013, Association of College & Research Libraries, Indiana Campus Compact, Jennifer Nutefall, Maggie Stevens, Santa Clara University, Sarah Twill, Wright State University Categories: Pairing Information Literacy and Service-Learning, SL Courses, SL Models, SL Pedagogy
Posted on March 3, 2013 by Maureen Barry

My copy of Harry C. Boyte's "The Citizen Solution:  How you can make a difference"  just arrived.  I requested it because Boyte is coming to my campus in April, and I plan to go hear him speak.  I'm only on page 15, but I've already found a passage that resonates very deeply for me.

Tags: "The Citizen Solution", Anna Lappe, Every time you spend your money, Harry C. Boyte, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want Categories: SL Models
Posted on March 3, 2013 by Maureen Barry

Purdue University has recently published a free online Service Learning Reflection Journal.  This could be a very useful tool, particularly for those new to service-learning.  It offers some reflection prompts and exercises to assign for students.  Reflection is an integral piece of the service-learning experience, as it often ties the service to the learning for students. The journal is available for download here. Sass, M. (2013) Service Learning Reflection Journal.

Tags: Margaret Sass, Purdue University, Service Learning Reflection Journal Categories: Reflection