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The Common Theme Project
The Common Theme Project was designed to “promote campus unity, conversation, and collaboration on timely issues that connect IUPUI to central Indiana and the world.” From its roots as primarily a freshman reading activity, the Project has evolved into the current Common Theme, “Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas” [], which focuses on social entrepreneurship on a local and global level across the curriculum. This presentation will discuss the experiences of the librarian who has worked with the Common Theme since its inception and is currently the Faculty Fellow for “Change Your World” and will include how libraries can help bring people and resources together to help a campus program succeed, strategies that increase campus and community interest and support, and, how to achieve moving from project status to a permanent campus initiative that will enhance IUPUI’s commitment to community outreach and engagement. –Kathleen Hanna, Associate Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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The Common Theme Project

  1. 1. Change Your World: The Power of New IdeasThe IUPUI Common Theme ProjectKathleen A. Hanna, Associate Librariankgreatba@iupui.eduConference for Entrepreneurial LibrariansMay 16, 2013
  2. 2. IUPUICommon ThemeProjectFall 2008One Book, One Campus:Ishmael Beah’s Long Way GoneFall 2009 – Spring 2011“Consuming Well for the Wealth ofCommunities: From IUPUI to the World”Fall 2011 – Spring 2013“Change Your World:The Power of New Ideas”Fall 2013 – Spring 2015“Find Your Voice, Hear My Voice”“. . . designed to promote campusunity, conversation, and collaborationacross all disciplines on timely issuesthat connect IUPUI to central Indianaand the world.”
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  4. 4. 5 KEY STRATEGIESFOR INCREASING SUPPORT1. Information packets for faculty2. Workshops, meetings, symposia, classroom visits3. Social media4. Community networking5. Special events
  5. 5. Information packets for faculty• Worked with graduate assistant• Visited nearly every academic unit on campus• Stressed how disciplines are already active inthis area and how it’s reflected in the professionalliterature• Can be easily integrated into what they’re alreadydoingMay 20, 2013Presentation Title
  6. 6. Workshops, meetings, symposia,and classroom visits• Presented at a variety of campus meetings• Developed faculty workshops• Shared alternative assignment ideas• Visited classrooms upon request
  7. 7. Social media• Common Theme website• Facebook• Twitter• LinkedIn [ IUPUI Social Entrepreneurs ]• Oncourse project site• Campus event calendar and other venues
  8. 8. Community networking:• Arts Council of Indianapolis• Athenaeum Foundation• Big Car Collective• Binford Redevelopment and Growth• Christian Theological Seminary• Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc.• Greater Indpls Chamber of Congress• Herron School of Art & Design• Immigrant Welcome Center• Indiana Historical Society• Indiana Humanities• Indpls Coalition for Neighborhood Dev.• Indianapolis International Film Festival• Indianapolis Museum of Art• Indpls Neighborhood Resource Center• Indianapolis Public Library• IndyHub• International Center of Indpls• IUPUI School of Liberal Arts• IUPUI School of Public andEnvironmental Affairs (SPEA)• Jewish Community Center• Keep Indianapolis Beautiful• Know No Stranger• LISC Indianapolis• Making Connections Indpls• Marian University• NUVO•• Spirit & Place Festival• WFYI• SustainIndy
  9. 9. Special events• Author visits• Student contests• SE “speed dating”• “Humanitarian hub” gathering• Alumni “Weekend U”• Films
  10. 10. Moving from project status• New home, more money (maybe)• Representation from key campus units• Greater focus on Theme, less on book• Finding the “legacy”• Challenges: Communication Organization and time management Assessment Archiving
  11. 11. Common Theme A.