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Discussion Upcoming ACRL webcast: Action Research to Bridge Academic Scholarship and Everyday Practice (2/5)

by Chase Ollis (staff) on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 09:18 am

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast,Action Research to Bridge Academic Scholarship and Everyday Practice,” on Thursday, February 5, 2015 (1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Central).

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast,Action Research to Bridge Academic Scholarship and Everyday Practice,” on Thursday, February 5, 2015 (1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Central).

While a traditional academic view holds that the only “real” scholarship is driven by theory and testable hypotheses (subsequently applied to practical settings), action research recognizes important insights which come from practice to theory. Action research is distinguished from other research forms not by how it is done but why. It aims to address worthwhile and practical concerns by taking up urgent problems facing communities now. As such, it is a participative, democratic, and emergent process. As is typical of research approaches that are becoming part of the academic mainstream, confusion and debate exist about what action research is and to what standards of rigor it should be held. In this webcast, learn more about action research as an approach to scholarship and see examples of fruitful action research studies. Understand how champions are describing action research as a legitimate, appropriate, and rigorous way of knowing and generating knowledge. Develop your own ideas about problems that are challenging members of your community right now and how action research could help them flourish.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider your own perspective on the validity of action research as scholarship.
  • Brainstorm possible topics within libraries that are ripe for an action research approach.
  • Articulate the personal characteristics which make action research a good fit for the lead researcher.
  • Describe necessary conditions within library and college/university systems that indicate action research would be rewarded.

Presenter(s): Kara Malenfant is Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at the Association of College and Research Libraries. She earned a Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University in 2011 with her dissertation using action research and futures research.

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available. Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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Event Library and Information Science Education Interest Group (ACRL)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Library and Information Science educators and academic librarians are invited to engage in a lively and pragmatic discussion of strategies to promote the effective alignment of LIS education with the evolving needs of the academic library workplace.

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Discussion Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Academic Libraries and Community Engagement (4/23)

by Chase Ollis (staff) on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement,” on Wednesday, April 23 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Out of the Library and Into the Community: Academic Libraries and Community Engagement,” on Wednesday, April 23 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole. Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many ways. During this interactive webcast, learn how the speakers shape and bring to the forefront these issues via their teaching, scholarship, and work in local communities. Areas addressed include: community informatics, information literacy-focused service learning, and community outreach.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how academic librarians influence our profession via their social justice-related work.
  • Develop an increased awareness of leadership and other roles for librarians in diverse communities.
  • Take away concrete ideas for high impact, collaborative social projects within the realm of library and information science.

Presenter(s): Maureen Barry, First Year Experience Librarian, Wright State University; Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist, University of Illinois; Lizz Zitron, Instruction and Reference Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website, and group registration and other discounts are available. Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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Online Doc ACRL LIS Education Interest Group meetings at ALISE and ALA Midwinter

by Susan Searing on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 03:47 pm

Two opportunities for academic librarians and LIS educators to join in conversation in Philadelphia!  Note that RSVP is requested for the ALISE noon-hour session; beverages and desserts will be provided.  RSVP is requested but not required for the Saturday morning ALA Midwinter meeting.  Both meetings are open to all ALA conference attendees.  Hope to see you there!

Sue Searing, ACRL LIS Ed IG convener

Event Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

Library and Information Science educators and academic librarians are invited to engage in a lively and pragmatic discussion of strategies to promote the effective alignment of LIS education with the evolving needs of the academic library workplace.

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The ACRL Library and Information Science Education Interest Group will promote discussion, programming and projects that enhance the collaboration between LIS educators and academic librarians. 

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