Community-Led and Library Schools

I was interested to read that among the recommendations in the RSC Expert Panel Report:  The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory (http://rsc-src.ca/en/expert-panels/rsc-reports/future-now-canadas-libraries-archives-and-public-memory) is:

“THAT FACULTIES OF EDUCATION and FACULTIES OF LIBRARY, ARCHIVAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCE include a course in community development;”

I think this is excellent news!

Annette de Faveri and I have taught a 1-credit course in Community-Led Libraries at the iSchool at UBC for the last number of years. This year, we’re expanding to a 3-credit course beginning in January 2015. I’d love to get your ideas as practitioners on the knowledge, understanding and training you’d like to see in new graduates that you hire into community work. We’re planning a mix of lectures and exercises, guests from within and outside the library world, and some experiential learning.

Many thanks for any ideas,

Beth

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2 comments

  1. Its good that the Future Now picked this up and that it is already happening in some places. My suggestion is that library workers need training in how to identify, priortize and meet community needs. The book which I wrote with Ken Williment on Developing a Community-Led Public Library would be an excellent text book for this course 🙂

  2. Beth – fantastic news that this is expanding from a 1 credit to a 3-credit course. Some topics I would love new graduates to be exposed to include an understanding on how to begin your first community development initiative. For example, if your library branch wants to embark on a community-led initiative, how and where do you start? The other topic would be how to evaluate the work, since it requires moving beyond traditional input/output measures.

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