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Title:Putting It Into Practice: Service Learning and LIS Curriculum
Author(s):Crissinger, Sarah
Subject(s):service learning
LIS education
LIS curriculum
Abstract:The American Library Association’s Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Science emphasize exposing LIS students to both diversity and practice (2008). Incorporating service learning into the LIS curriculum offers a solution to tackling both of these issues while giving students real-world experience that they can use in today’s competitive job market. But how many ALA-accredited programs actually incorporate service learning in some way? Many studies in the library science literature discuss specific cases of service learning within LIS programs, but only address one or two programs. Other studies look more broadly at multiple LIS programs but are outdated in terms of the growing field of service learning (Mehra 2004). This poster offers a more holistic picture of service learning in today’s LIS curriculum. The poster will provide quantitative data about which of the nation’s fifty five ALA-accredited programs offer a service learning component explicitly in their course catalog. Noting the mention of service learning or community informatics within the course catalog is an important indicator of the institution’s mission regarding service learning, as it attracts students interested in service learning and gives employers more information. The poster’s data will be organized to emphasize disparities in service learning in relation to geographic location and rank (U.S. News & World Report 2013). In addition, the poster will highlight some of the reasons that scholars believe service learning is an integral part of LIS student development.
Issue Date:2014-08
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-11

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