LIS 630 - Community Engagement
This is a short synopsis of the week's assignments. Please refer to the emails for specific instructions.
Expect More reading/response
"What is Community?"
Stack Exchange Responses
Libraries & Communities
Patrons vs. customers vs. members
Numbers and stats
Diversity, Inclusion, Access
Data Made Visual
Finals and wrap-ups
This course explores how information professionals in libraries and other settings collaborate with community members and organizations. We also explore online communities and differences in engagement strategies between online and offline communities. It provides an overview of theory and practice, emphasizing critical analysis of policies, services and trends.
Community engagement requires efficient and effective communication about issues that affect libraries, as well as analysis to come up with appropriate responses to those issues. This analysis combines original research, synthesis of existing research, opinion canvassing, and speaking to local and broader-based stakeholders. All of this information must be collated and presented in ways that make a strong case for the desired result.
This course will examine techniques for doing, communicating, and presenting this sort of research to support a particular population, library program, or social issue. Students will learn to use online tools to collect and display data and to interleave statistics and storytelling to provide a compelling case for support of their chosen topic. They will also learn an overview of community engagement techniques and strategies for both online and offline communities.
Sample topics can include the digital divide, early childhood education, makerspaces in libraries, copyright reform, the library bill of rights or other topics of the students' choosing.
The following research methods are incorporated in assignments: Information retrieval, content analysis, ethnomethodology, evaluation research, critical and cultural analysis, and needs assessment.
Students will evaluate engagement campaigns currently working, get an overview of engagement campaigns as well as the individual pieces that make up community engagement. We'll be reading the comments, and making some of our own!