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Posted on October 10, 2012 by Maureen Barry
Tags: SL Models
Posted on September 9, 2012 by Maureen Barry

A few WSU service-learning (and non-SL) courses this fall are themed around November's election.  As such, one of my colleagues put together this very informative guide: I also discovered today a few other resources that other librarians may be interested in: You can order free posters (or download PDFs) to encourage voting at this web site: And, it might also be worth p

Tags: Civic Engagement, Election 2012, Election Protection Smartphone App, Nonprofit vote
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Maureen Barry

Watch out world!  My faculty friend Dr.

Tags: ACRL, Dr. Sarah Twill, Jennifer Nutefall, Maggie Stevens Categories: Conferences & Awards
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Maureen Barry

The concept of civic literacy was brought to my attention this morning by my friend and fellow service-learning enthusiast, Jennifer Nutefall.  Perhaps I've been living under a rock.  I've heard dozens of kinds of literacy in recent years (digital literacy, media literacy, transliteracy, financial literacy, etc), but I haven't spent any time looking into civic literacy.  Jennifer forwarded me papers and proceedings from a recent IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) conference:

Posted on July 7, 2012 by Maureen Barry

If my Wordpress dashboard is correct, this is the 100th post on Service Learning Librarian!  This is a big week for my blog and for my "agenda" of pairing service-learning and information literacy.  On Monday, Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University, became SLL's first-ever guest contributor!  If you haven't read it yet, here is his

Tags: Chris Sweet, Loanne Snavely, Student Engagement and the Academic Library (book) Categories: Information Literacy, Pairing Information Literacy and Service-Learning, Publications
Posted on July 7, 2012 by

Let me begin this guest post with a short introduction.  My name is Chris Sweet and I am the Information Literacy Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University (Central Illinois). I had been following Maureen's blog as well as her publications for some time prior to meeting her in-person at this year's LOEX Conference in Columbus, OH. Both of us have discovered a real passion for service-learning and have seen first-hand how adding information literacy elements to service-learning courses can create even stronger and more effective classes.

Tags: Chris Sweet, LOEX, Wingspread Declaration on the Civic Responsibilities of Research Universities Categories: Civic Engagement, Information Literacy, Library/librarian roles, Pairing Information Literacy and Service-Learning
Posted on July 7, 2012 by Maureen Barry

This summer, I'm working on several projects that will support several service-learning courses with which I will l partner beginning fall semester.  As I've said many times over, service-learning students and community partners often need local or otherwise unique data - outside of the usual "find some scholarly articles" kind of assignments.

Tags: Becky Canovan Categories: SL Models
Posted on June 6, 2012 by Maureen Barry
Last week, a friend sent me this article in which the author  muses about seemingly opposing pedagogies.  He observes that those that teach in higher education are simultaneously "pressured" to teach online while being "pushed" to increase civic engagement.  The author points out that the former completely ignores space, while the latter is very much tied to it.
Posted on June 6, 2012 by Maureen Barry
I was reminded about this document today when I was looking around the Campus Compact web site looking for information about service-learning conferences.  The Wingspread Declaration on the Civic Responsibilities of research Universities  I can't believe that I haven't written about it before.  I'm
Posted on June 6, 2012 by Maureen Barry

This morning, I read an article posted in the online American Libraries, called Community Reference:  Making libraries indispensible in a new way by Colbe Galston, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, Katherine Johnson, and Amy Long.  It reminded me a lot of why I chose to explore service-learning as an option for my information literacy course 5 years ago.  They highlight many of the same concepts in their endeavors to get out into the community that are vital to a successful academic service-learning relationships.  The authors stress the importance of working as a partner, building relations

Tags: American Libraries, Amy Long, Colbe Galston, Douglas County (Colorado), Douglas County Libraries, Elizabeth Kelsen Huber, Katherine Johnson, Parker Downtown Development Council Categories: Civic Engagement, Library/librarian roles, Public Libraries, Readings, Partnership with the community