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From Research to Action: Pairing Information Literacy and Service-Learning

Posted on Monday, April 15th, 2013

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.

The reflection question that may never be removed from my very carefully crafted list of guided reflection questions

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

I recently attended a workshop about how we can deepen students' reflections, which was led by one of Wright State's experienced service-learning instructors, Karen Hayes.  I came away with a new reflection question to include in my arsenal.  In fact, I love this question so much that it may never be removed from my arsenal.  The question was posed by my colleague, Stephanie Dickey, in our small group discussion during the workshop.  She suggested that we should challenge students to think about their role in relation to the problem or issue addressed by any service-learning course.  She pr

2012 Friends of Service-Learning Breakfast

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Friends of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement breakfast is one of my favorite days at Wright State.  Students, staff, faculty and community partners celebrate come together to celebrate service-learning and raise money for our Citizen Scholar certificate program.  There are awards, a silent auction, a celebration of our community partnerships and impact statements from our campus AmeriCORPS VISTA members.  The best part about this morning, for me, was that four friends from Athens County with whom we partnered on the alternative spring break trip made the trek to Dayton to celebrat

Videos of interest

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012

This week will be the first installment of a new feature here at Service Learning Librarian, videos of interest.  Today, I'd like to share two videos.  First, is the video snapshot of how I spent my alternative spring break with a Wright State class: Second, this video about service-learning composition courses at George Washington University is also worth watching.  One of the fac

Alternative spring break

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity this week to travel with the Social and Environmental Sustainability in Appalachia (UH 202-203) course to southeastern Ohio (Athens County).  We are learning a ton and making lots of new friends as we complete social and environmental projects in the community.

Final Update, Week 10: InfoLit course (EDT 110)

Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

We made it!  Our students learned some crucial information literacy skills, helped solve a community problem (illiteracy) and turned in a pretty solid research portfolio to Project READ.  Yesterday, we met one final time this quarter to reflect as a group, along with Becky Garvin, Director of Project READ and Cathy Sayer, Director of Service-Learning at Wright State University.  In preparation for this reflection, the students write responses to 4 or 5 reflection prompts.  Then we discuss as a group what they have learned about information literacy, about themselves and about their communit

Recommended Reading - Checkoway

Posted on Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Recently, WSU's Office of Service Learning offered a "coffee and conversation" on a Monday morning, during which those in attendance discussed the article, "Renewing the Civic Mission of the American Research University" by Barry Checkoway.  This article is a must-read for all in higher education, if you ask me!  It was published in The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 27, No.

Service-learning junkie

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Maybe that should be the name of my blog.  It's official.  I'm a service-learning junkie!  I signed up for a book discussion hosted by the WSU Center for Teaching and Learning in February, during which we'll discuss the book Service-Learning in theory and practice:  The future of community engagement in higher education by Dan W. Butin. That itself may not indicate that I'm a junkie, but the fact that I can't wait to dig into the book - maybe that confirms it!  And if that doesn't, then the fact that I was giddy when it was just dropped off at my desk - that does it for sure!

Wright Commitment: Crayons to Classrooms

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011

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