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  • 1. Can we play? Building opportunities for student activism andengagement and why it matters.
    Ka-Ming Pang and Jo Norwood
    MA Information Studies
    University of Brighton
  • 2. We live in challenging times. LIS students have a vested interest in the profession. They need totake the opportunity to engage and be more active.
  • 3. Advocacy and engagementat the University of BrightonMA Information Studies.
  • 4. Advocacy and activism
  • 5. Engagement
  • 6. What has been done to engage the class
  • 7. Class survey on activism and engagement
  • 8. Small data sample is not useful for formulating meaningful statistics.Writing questionnaires is hard, but ooh look, written comments!
  • 9. RESULTS!
  • 10. We are not clones!
    Via Flickr Commons: Adactio
  • 11. Reasons for joining CILIP:
    • Cheap for students.
    • 12. Good for employability.
    • 13. Keeps students up to date with library related information.
  • Reasons for not joining CILIP:
    Expensive for students.
    Doesn't benefit them as students.
    Perceived lack of political activity.
  • 14. “CILIP is supposed to join information workers together to have a collective voice, but I haven’t seen evidence of that. I don’t see organised political activity during the current crisis in our industry, or anything of use.”
  • 15. Two thirds of students are active. They were involved in:
    • Read ins.
    • 16. Letter writing.
    • 17. Protests.
    • 18. Leafleting.
    • 19. Passing on information using social media.
  • Conclusions and Action Points
  • 20. Building an effective communication strategy: Use as many tools as possible!
  • 21. CILIP needs to reach out to students:
    • Connect earlier with students.
    • 22. Relate sessions to relevant events.
    • 23. Promote their advocacy work better.
  • Political activity needs to be fed back into the class
  • 24. Stronger networks = Stronger voice
  • 25. Thanks for listening
    Ka-Ming Pang
    Jo Norwood