Service Learning:Bringing the World into     LIS Education            Carolyn Doi, McGill University         Melanie Sella...
Session Goals   Introduce the concept of service learning (SL)   Connect SL to work of Librarians Without Borders (LWB)...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
What is Service Learning?   It is a form of experiential education   in which students engage in activities       that add...
History of Service Learning           • Renaissance of civic engagement on campuses1960s      • Peace Corps, Civil Rights ...
Service Learning is Different From:Recipient                                    BENEFICIARY                               ...
At the Intersection: Service Learning                 Academic                 Material          Relevant        Critical ...
Why Care About Service Learning?Internationalize    Higher        Respond to   Campuses        Education    Workforce Need...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
Where We Began  Linguistics   LIS program,     Angola –   Course,                         UWO    UWO          UWO         ...
How We GrewExecutive Team          (across North America)Board of Directors      (across North America)>1,000 members     ...
Who We’ve BecomeLibrarians Without Borders is an non-profit organization thatstrives to narrow the information divide worl...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
At the Intersection: Service Learning                Academic                material          Relevant     Critical      ...
Attributes of Effective Service Learning   Ownership of projects       Via autonomy, but not independence   Sense of ma...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
LWB in Costa RicaProject Overview September 2009-April 2010 Student-led project Goal: to build school library in El Hum...
Local Partner: VIDA
Costa Rica
Pre-departureTimeline: September 2009 to April 2010 Recruiting trip participants & forming work teams Planning trip itin...
Fundraising                     Calendar sales; PancakeFundraising Goal =   Breakfasts; Wii Raffle;     $5,000          Si...
Collection Development              Start-up Collection    Spanish-   Science & Costa Rican Basic     English   Geography ...
Collection Development            Questions & Challenges   Curriculum        How to find &   Cultural            Getting t...
Collection DevelopmentSelection Tools & Resources:   IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People)   Fundalectura...
Collection DevelopmentBooksellers:   Tap Peques ̶ Oakville, ON   Libreria Lehmann ̶ San José, Costa Rica   Libreria Leg...
Collection Development
On the Ground Getting to know the El Humo school and  community National Library of Costa Rica Physical construction of...
Escuela
Una casa típica
Los chiquitos
¿Habla Español?
¡Bailamos!
¡Bailamos!
National Library of Costa Rica
National Library of Costa Rica
National Library of Costa Rica
National Library of Costa Rica
Building site
Digging post holes
Mixing cement by hand = least favourite job!
Moving very heavy concrete beams
Concrete wall slabs
Concrete wall slabs
We were never short on spectators
Walls are up!
Working on the floor
Peeking from behind the newly installed door
Setting up the library   Basic system based on subject area and author    surname – had to be simple enough for staff    ...
Setting up the library
Setting up the library
Setting up the library
Finished space
Finished space
Finished space
Presenting the library to the school
Impact of the Library El Humo students learned about libraries and  how they work in class Project inspired the El Humo ...
Presentación de gratitud
Presentación de gratitud
One Year Later Update from school principal, Don Jorge Continue to benefit from presence of LIS practicum  student Comp...
What did we learn?   Practical application of “hard” professional skills           Information Resources           Refe...
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
LWB in GuatemalaThe Asturias Library Project
Project             Partner institution: Miguel Angel                     Asturias AcademyOverview                    Lo...
The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy
Introduction to the       Private, non-profit Pre K-12Asturias Academy           school                          Locatio...
The Asturias LibraryWhen LWB arrived inGuatemala in 2010, theAsturias Library was in apre-construction phase.Since then, t...
Partnership Benefits for LWB students                    Make a positive impact on a                    community in need ...
Asturias Library Project – Year One Begin and  develop relationship with Asturias Initial work in Guatemala – 2010 Trip ...
Asturias Library Project - Year OneOn the ground in Guatemala (April – May 2010):      Cultural Activities         GOAL:...
Library Space PlanningConceptual Drawings – April 2010
January 2011               First story time at Asturias Library, January 2011
Asturias Library Project – Year One Participants
Asturias Library Project – Year Two Participants
Asturias Library Project – Year Two   Bigger scope       Organization wide:            Fundraising push            Col...
Cultural Activities
Collection Development• 350 Books purchased by 4 LWB student committees• Increase size of Asturias collection to 2000 items.
Activities at AsturiasDeveloped & based on discussions with library staff     Day 1: brainstorm, prioritize, pitch (short...
Meet the students
Library Organization
Library Organization
Information Literacy                  Guides for teachers on how                   to use the library                   ...
Knowledge Management Wiki   High turnover rate among Asturias    volunteers   Goals        Capture best practices     ...
K’iche’ Audio Book Project   K’iche’ is the predominant    Indigenous language in Xela   Audio to support Asturias K’ich...
Blogging/Photography Teamhttp://lwb-online.org/?cat=27
What’s next? Continue to   create opportunities for  reflection Continued collaboration with Asturias As their prioriti...
“We can never repay you, but know thatyou are cultivating a love of reading inGuatemalan students. We hope you takewith yo...
Opportunitiesfor Reflection
Reflection                   “Structured opportunities                             for reflection can enable              ...
Student learning outcomes                                                 SocialExperience                  Skills        ...
Relevant course work2010 Trip: “What aspects of your MLIS program were  applicable to the Asturias Library Initiative?”   ...
Relevant Skills   2010 Trip: “What skills or knowledge did you feel    were most important during the Asturias Library   ...
Summary of Benefits of LIS StudentsConnects curriculum to real-world, complex experiences, which:     Engages them in pro...
Into the Future  How can we formally integrate LWB       with the LIS curriculum?
Overview of Presentation1.   Introduce Service Learning (SL)2.   Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3.   Connect wo...
Thank You! www.libarianswithoutborders.orgtwitter: lwb_online
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  1. 1. Service Learning:Bringing the World into LIS Education Carolyn Doi, McGill University Melanie Sellar, Marymount CollegeErin Walker, Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library
  2. 2. Session Goals Introduce the concept of service learning (SL) Connect SL to work of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) Present case studies of LWB-SL projects
  3. 3. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  4. 4. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  5. 5. What is Service Learning? It is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.
  6. 6. History of Service Learning • Renaissance of civic engagement on campuses1960s • Peace Corps, Civil Rights Movement • First conference in United States • Resurgence in response to materialistic image1980s • Launch of many national service organizations • Campus Compact is founded • Becomes a formally established field1990s • Emergence of conferences, journals • Growing body of research literature • Adoption of pedagogy begins in Canada2000s • Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning • LIS Literature begins to recognize SL
  7. 7. Service Learning is Different From:Recipient BENEFICIARY ProviderService FOCUS Learning Service- Learning Community Field Education Service Volunteerism Internships Pictorial from Andrew Furco, “Service-Learning: A Balanced Approach to Experiential Education.” 1996.
  8. 8. At the Intersection: Service Learning Academic Material Relevant Critical Service Reflection
  9. 9. Why Care About Service Learning?Internationalize Higher Respond to Campuses Education Workforce Needs PrioritiesAccess Funding EnrichOpportunities Pedagogy
  10. 10. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  11. 11. Where We Began Linguistics LIS program, Angola – Course, UWO UWO UWO collaboration
  12. 12. How We GrewExecutive Team (across North America)Board of Directors (across North America)>1,000 members (across the world) 2005 2007 2007 2009 2010
  13. 13. Who We’ve BecomeLibrarians Without Borders is an non-profit organization thatstrives to narrow the information divide worldwide by supportinglibraries in developing regions.We collaborate with partner communities to identify their needsand then mobilize our volunteers — the core being studentlibrarians — for in-the-field development.
  14. 14. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  15. 15. At the Intersection: Service Learning Academic material Relevant Critical service reflection
  16. 16. Attributes of Effective Service Learning Ownership of projects  Via autonomy, but not independence Sense of mastery and fulfillment  Via accomplishments of clear goals and feedback from clients Sense of connectedness  With colleagues, instructors, community Meaningful experience  Prolonged involvement, intensity of effort Reflection and assessment  Frequent, structured, and guided
  17. 17. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  18. 18. LWB in Costa RicaProject Overview September 2009-April 2010 Student-led project Goal: to build school library in El Humo, Costa Rica  Fundraise for books & building supplies  Develop start-up collection  Service-learning trip to construct & set-up library  Partner with local organization, VIDA
  19. 19. Local Partner: VIDA
  20. 20. Costa Rica
  21. 21. Pre-departureTimeline: September 2009 to April 2010 Recruiting trip participants & forming work teams Planning trip itinerary and budget Fundraising activities Collection development Learning about Costa Rica
  22. 22. Fundraising Calendar sales; PancakeFundraising Goal = Breakfasts; Wii Raffle; $5,000 Silent Auction; Button Sales; Knit-a-Thon; Donations
  23. 23. Collection Development Start-up Collection Spanish- Science & Costa Rican Basic English Geography Literature English dictionaries books • Picture Books • English Language Learning
  24. 24. Collection Development Questions & Challenges Curriculum How to find & Cultural Getting the support or evaluate considerations: books to El recreational Spanish- • Language Humo? reading? language • Relevant & How much couldSize of collection children’s appropriate we purchase books? locally? Dealing with foreign vendors
  25. 25. Collection DevelopmentSelection Tools & Resources: IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Fundalectura (Columbia) Banco del Libro (Venezuela) Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children & Adolescents School Library Journal reviews Críticas (English-lang review source for Spanish-lang books) CR Ministry of Education curriculum & required reading
  26. 26. Collection DevelopmentBooksellers: Tap Peques ̶ Oakville, ON Libreria Lehmann ̶ San José, Costa Rica Libreria Legado ̶ San José, Costa RicaPublisher Donations: Annick Kids Can Press Scholastic Canada Groundwood Books
  27. 27. Collection Development
  28. 28. On the Ground Getting to know the El Humo school and community National Library of Costa Rica Physical construction of library building Setting up the library  Created a cataloguing method, processed books, created a basic card catalogue, and wrote a policy/handbook for the school staff
  29. 29. Escuela
  30. 30. Una casa típica
  31. 31. Los chiquitos
  32. 32. ¿Habla Español?
  33. 33. ¡Bailamos!
  34. 34. ¡Bailamos!
  35. 35. National Library of Costa Rica
  36. 36. National Library of Costa Rica
  37. 37. National Library of Costa Rica
  38. 38. National Library of Costa Rica
  39. 39. Building site
  40. 40. Digging post holes
  41. 41. Mixing cement by hand = least favourite job!
  42. 42. Moving very heavy concrete beams
  43. 43. Concrete wall slabs
  44. 44. Concrete wall slabs
  45. 45. We were never short on spectators
  46. 46. Walls are up!
  47. 47. Working on the floor
  48. 48. Peeking from behind the newly installed door
  49. 49. Setting up the library Basic system based on subject area and author surname – had to be simple enough for staff and volunteers to maintain Simple card catalogue Policy manual & procedures
  50. 50. Setting up the library
  51. 51. Setting up the library
  52. 52. Setting up the library
  53. 53. Finished space
  54. 54. Finished space
  55. 55. Finished space
  56. 56. Presenting the library to the school
  57. 57. Impact of the Library El Humo students learned about libraries and how they work in class Project inspired the El Humo community to fundraise to purchase computers for the library & additional resources Practicum student from LIS program at University of Costa Rica from neighbouring village
  58. 58. Presentación de gratitud
  59. 59. Presentación de gratitud
  60. 60. One Year Later Update from school principal, Don Jorge Continue to benefit from presence of LIS practicum student Computer now available for student use in library Source of pride for the school and greater El Humo community Believe that it is inspiring student success and encouraging literacy
  61. 61. What did we learn? Practical application of “hard” professional skills  Information Resources  Reference & User services  Community Development Development of essential “soft” skills  Creativity  Leadership  Project Management  Time Management  Communication  Flexibility
  62. 62. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  63. 63. LWB in GuatemalaThe Asturias Library Project
  64. 64. Project  Partner institution: Miguel Angel Asturias AcademyOverview  Location: Quetzaltenango,Project Goal GuatemalaCollaborate  Started in 2009 by McGill studentwith the committeeAsturias  Asturias identified a need forAcademy to library expertsimplement a  Ongoing fund raisinglibrary at the  Service-learning trips in springschool. 2010 and 2011
  65. 65. The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy
  66. 66. Introduction to the  Private, non-profit Pre K-12Asturias Academy school  Location: Quetzaltenango,Two main missions Guatemala(1) Get ALL  Founded: 1994 Guatemalan children in school  Serves students from(2) Break cycles of varying background: poverty through Indigenous, non- education indigenous, poor, working class and middle class.  Implements teachings of Paulo Friere
  67. 67. The Asturias LibraryWhen LWB arrived inGuatemala in 2010, theAsturias Library was in apre-construction phase.Since then, the AsturiasLibrary has gone from beingan idea to a functionallibrary space.The library is currently openduring school hours, and isused on a daily basis byAsturias students and staff.
  68. 68. Partnership Benefits for LWB students Make a positive impact on a community in need Partner with an organization that can use expertise in the field Apply lessons and knowledge from the classroom Prepare to enter the workforce by getting hands on experience
  69. 69. Asturias Library Project – Year One Begin and develop relationship with Asturias Initial work in Guatemala – 2010 Trip Manual of recommendations Deliver books and school supplies Reflection  Articles  Presentations
  70. 70. Asturias Library Project - Year OneOn the ground in Guatemala (April – May 2010):  Cultural Activities  GOAL: Better get to know the community  One week of service work at the school  Developed handbook of recommendations including cataloguing, layout, shelving, programming, etc.  Meet the students: classroom visits, recess, reading club  Communicate with Asturias staff and volunteers  Blogging  2847 visitors during the trip
  71. 71. Library Space PlanningConceptual Drawings – April 2010
  72. 72. January 2011 First story time at Asturias Library, January 2011
  73. 73. Asturias Library Project – Year One Participants
  74. 74. Asturias Library Project – Year Two Participants
  75. 75. Asturias Library Project – Year Two Bigger scope  Organization wide:  Fundraising push  Collection development projects  2nd service learning trip to Guatemala  27 participants  Members from executive and 4 library schools  Cultural activities  Week of work at the school
  76. 76. Cultural Activities
  77. 77. Collection Development• 350 Books purchased by 4 LWB student committees• Increase size of Asturias collection to 2000 items.
  78. 78. Activities at AsturiasDeveloped & based on discussions with library staff  Day 1: brainstorm, prioritize, pitch (short & long term)  Day 1: division into project teams; set goals:  Organization Team  Information Literacy Team  K‘iche‘ Audio Books Team  Knowledge Management Team  Blogging/Photography Team  Day 2-5: work, work, work towards goals!  Day 6 + (in Canada): document and compile materials
  79. 79. Meet the students
  80. 80. Library Organization
  81. 81. Library Organization
  82. 82. Information Literacy  Guides for teachers on how to use the library  Classification  Floor plans  How to implement library into curriculum  Resource lists  Book talk best practices  Information literacy games
  83. 83. Knowledge Management Wiki  High turnover rate among Asturias volunteers  Goals  Capture best practices  Document and organize collective knowledge  Share knowledge with future volunteers Survey  Evaluate trip for future improvement
  84. 84. K’iche’ Audio Book Project K’iche’ is the predominant Indigenous language in Xela Audio to support Asturias K’iche’ language curriculum Work with students to create audio material for the collection Build library holdings Give students a sense of ownership over the collection Manual of best practices
  85. 85. Blogging/Photography Teamhttp://lwb-online.org/?cat=27
  86. 86. What’s next? Continue to create opportunities for reflection Continued collaboration with Asturias As their priorities change, so will our relationship with them:  Another trip  Continued fundraising  Expansion of the library
  87. 87. “We can never repay you, but know thatyou are cultivating a love of reading inGuatemalan students. We hope you takewith you in your hearts a sense that youhave done something good, not only forour students, but for the whole ofGuatemala, you have made a difference.” Jorge Chojolán, Founder and Director
  88. 88. Opportunitiesfor Reflection
  89. 89. Reflection “Structured opportunities for reflection can enable learners to examine and Wrap up form their beliefs, values, Articles webinar opinions, assumptions, judgments and practices related to an action orPresentations Blogging experience, gain a deeper understanding of them and construct their own Trip Document meaning and significance for future actions.” Moon, J. Reflection in Learning and Professional Development . London : Kogan Page Limited, Stylus Publishing Inc, 1999.
  90. 90. Student learning outcomes SocialExperience Skills JusticeCollection development Problem Solving Education and Literacy in Guatemala Time management Budget management Flexibility Challenges facing local population Cataloguing Team Work Communication Paulo Friere teachingsCollection Maintenance & Organization Leadership Incorporating local Technical Writing challenges into library Project Management planning
  91. 91. Relevant course work2010 Trip: “What aspects of your MLIS program were applicable to the Asturias Library Initiative?” Cataloguing Library Space Planning Collection Development Information Literacy User services Group Work Programming Writing Training Manuals
  92. 92. Relevant Skills 2010 Trip: “What skills or knowledge did you feel were most important during the Asturias Library Project?” Spanish Team Work Communication Presentation skills Analysis of user needs Flexibility Cataloguing Understanding needs of user group
  93. 93. Summary of Benefits of LIS StudentsConnects curriculum to real-world, complex experiences, which:  Engages them in problem-solving, critical thinking  Promotes deeper learning: no “right” answers  Develops interpersonal skills and teamwork approach  Develops leadership and management skillsProvides immersion into societal issues relating to LIS, which:  Socializes them into values of the profession  Sensitizes them to the realities, experiences, and needs of marginalized people  Develops civic responsibility through community involvement
  94. 94. Into the Future How can we formally integrate LWB with the LIS curriculum?
  95. 95. Overview of Presentation1. Introduce Service Learning (SL)2. Introduce Librarians Without Borders (LWB)3. Connect work of LWB to SL4. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Costa Rica5. SL case-study: LWB initiative in Guatemala6. Answer your questions!
  96. 96. Thank You! www.libarianswithoutborders.orgtwitter: lwb_online
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