Libraries and the Public Purposes of Higher Education

March 20, 2016
Boston, MA

Join us for the 2016 Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning being held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary conference of Campus Compact.

*Register by Oct 15 before registration rates go up:

Learning to share: Partnerships in service learning, public scholarship, and library exhibitions
Presenters: Debby Walser-Kuntz and Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Carleton College
Libraries can serve as a site for student-curated, curricular exhibitions that provide an opportunity for public scholarship and an extension of service learning. Exhibit design challenges science students to translate their learning into a compelling story both visually and through text accessible to non-specialists. In this active learning session, a library curator and biology professor will briefly share their experience collaborating to support a student-curated exhibition in an undergraduate service learning public health course. Participants will collectively curate a mini-exhibition, providing perspective on synthesizing, selecting, and summarizing a complex topic for the public, with time included for reflection and discussion.

On the road to Information Literacy: Mapping IL learning outcomes to service learning courses
Presenter: Olivia H. Ivey, American University
Community Based Learning courses are on the rise at American University. Under the guidance of the Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES), faculty build courses that focus students’ attention on the intersection of community involvement, academic study, and practical experience. Just as these programs are beginning to mature, the Faculty Senate Committee on Learning Assessment (COLA) has begun promoting AU’s new institutional learning outcomes, including information literacy. This presentation will explore the role librarians played in including information literacy as an institutional learning outcomes and ways they have reached out to service and community based learning groups on campus. Finally, it will evaluate COLA’s work mapping institutional learning outcomes to the curriculum in an attempt to learn how well the connection between service learning and information literacy has been established.

(How) Are academic libraries partnering with service learning initiatives on their campuses?
Presenter: Joan Ruelle, Elon University
Using the U.S. News & World Report list of exemplary service learning programs for the past 5 years, this presentation will report out a research project that will survey leadership of both the library and service learning at each institution to inquire about existing and potential partnerships between the two units, and perceived barriers to such partnerships. Reporting the results of this study will highlight the current state of library/service learning partnership, identify potential future partnerships, and articulate perceived barriers to partnerships from the perspective of both partners.

Service learning program development and assessment in academic libraries
Presenter: Katherine Kott, Katherine Kott Consulting
The session is designed to facilitate an active learning session on service learning program development and assessment in academic libraries. It will begin with a brief introduction to the components of a service learning program and a rubric based on Furco’s Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Service-Learning in Higher Education. Participants will have an opportunity to create a draft for one dimension of a proposed rubric for academic libraries. Following the learning activity, participants will be invited to discuss the pros and cons of this approach.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University

Browse the contents of The Colloquium on Libraries & Service Learning:

2016 Conference
2014 Conference