How can libraries continue to built on their current community engagement efforts?
How can we prepare MLIS students to be a part of that engagement?
LIS educators need to:
- Help students learn how to engage with user communities
- Allow student to engage with a community of practitioners
- ....and ...more
- LIS 571: Research in Action - which includes collecting, coding, and analyzing data
- LIS 598: Community engagement strategies for libraries - including gathering data about the community and doing community discovery
- LIS 567: Libraries as learning labs in a digital age - used research-based frameworks. Students had access to a community of practitioners.
What they learned from those classes was used to develop the course LIS 564: Multicultural resources for youth. This class is focused on research through conversations with researchers and scholars. Students had to create a diversity service project as part of the class.
Questions to ponder:
- How do you use curricula to support MSLIS students' interactions, with other practitioners, user communities and community partners?
- How do you bring the community into the MSLIS curricula to underscore the importance of emphasizing community focused thinking and planning when designing libraries' programs and services?
- What other community engagement aspects are important for MSLIS curricula to emphasize?