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Building Bridges at "The People's University": Supporting Faculty Pursuits to Develop Service-Learning Research

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Presentation from the Colloquium on Libraries and Service-Learning, Santa Clara University, August 2014

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Building Bridges at "The People's University": Supporting Faculty Pursuits to Develop Service-Learning Research

  1. 1. Building Bridges at “The People’s University”: Supporting Faculty Pursuits to Develop Service-Learning Research Hillary A. H. Richardson Assistant Professor/Humanities Librarian, @hillaryAHR Dr. April K. Heiselt Associate Professor and Director Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence, @CASLE_MSU
  2. 2. Introductions • Dr. April Heiselt • Director of the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) • Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology Department • Student Affairs Graduate Program Coordinator • Originally from Anaheim, California (home of Disneyland)! • Eighth year at MSU • Recently returned from a six-day, service-learning course trip with 18 graduate students to study the impact of southern colleges and universities on higher education
  3. 3. Introductions • Hillary A. H. Richardson • Assistant Professor, Humanities Research Librarian • Library Liaison to the Department of English • Embedded Librarian • MSU Honors College • Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) • Former AmeriCorps Member • Former Lilly Endowment Community Engagement Fellow
  4. 4. Audience Snapshot Hands up if you… • Have a service-learning office on your campus • Develop outreach initiatives with your local community • Work with faculty to develop service-learning projects • Have met with faculty who are publishing in service-learning • Have published in service-learning yourself
  5. 5. Presentation Overview • History of Service-Learning at Mississippi State University • CASLE Description • Principles and Strategies of Service-Learning • CASLE and MSU Library partnership • Challenges and Successes • Future areas for growth • Questions and Discussion
  6. 6. MSU’s Land Grant Tradition • Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 • 1st Annual Catalogue of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi (1880): • Teaching, Research, and Service: “Students must be familiar, not only with farms and labor, but also must labor themselves, and this labor is a part of their education” (Catalogue, 1880). • Smith-Lever Cooperative Extension Act of 1914 • A “university of outreach” (Ballard, 2008, Maroon and White)
  7. 7. MSU’s Community Engagement History • Maroon Volunteer Center (MVC) - Hurricane Katrina • Day One Leadership Program (2007) • Service DAWGS Day (2008) • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2008 – present) • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (2010) • Community Engagement Committee • Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (2013)
  8. 8. Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) • Began in January 2013 • Partnership between the Extension Service and Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President • Motto: Learn. Serve. Become. • Five focus areas • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math • Health Promotion and Nutrition • Global Affairs • Economic and Consumer Development • Youth Development
  9. 9. Service-Learning Defined • Variety of definitions of service-learning MSU’s definition: “Service-learning is a holistic pedagogy that integrates meaningful community service, community engagement, or civic engagement into academic course objectives through experiential learning and critical reflection to enrich the educational experience of students, teach civic responsibility, and meet the needs of a community.” • Agreed upon overarching concepts • Community Engagement, Reflection, Reciprocity, and Dissemination of Learning (Heffernan, 2001) • Different types of service-learning • Curricular, Co-Curricular, Critical
  10. 10. CASLE Vision Statement To advance and support all faculty, staff, students, and extension agents, in making connections between and finding the value in the creation of engaged scholarship that connects research, service, and learning in the community, state, region, nation, and beyond.
  11. 11. MSU Librarian Participation in Service-Learning • Day One Leadership • Public libraries • Service-learning experience • Publications
  12. 12. Evolution of a Partnership CASLE Open House Making Connections Ongoing dialogue about needs MSU Libraries Liaison model Service- Learning Librarian
  13. 13. MSU Libraries Liaison Model Embedded Librarians Subject Librarians
  14. 14. From the MSU Library Liaison Guidelines: Make an effort to know your department audience Create LibGuides for the academic disciplines in your department Assess how well the existing collection meets the needs of your department Send a “Welcome” email to all new faculty members in assigned departments. Explain how a Library Liaison can be of assistance.
  15. 15. A Different Audience: Faculty • Supporting the Pedagogy • CASLE • Other S-L faculty
  16. 16. A Different Audience: Faculty • Supporting the Pedagogy • CASLE • Other S-L faculty • Supporting the Research • CASLE • Service-Learning Librarian
  17. 17. From the MSU Library Liaison Guidelines: Make an effort to know your department Create LibGuides for the academic disciplines in your department Read or scan the literature of the discipline Assess how well the existing collection meets the needs of your department
  18. 18. From the MSU Library Liaison Guidelines: Make an effort to know your department Create LibGuides for the academic disciplines in your department Read or scan the literature of the discipline Assess how well the existing collection meets the needs of your department
  19. 19. EndNote Library
  20. 20. From the MSU Library Liaison Guidelines: Make an effort to know your department Create LibGuides for the academic disciplines in your department Read or scan the literature of the discipline Assess how well the existing collection meets the needs of your department
  21. 21. Collection Development Resources • Library of Congress: LC 220.5 • Campus Compact publications • HE-SL Listserv from nylc.org • Weekly alerts from YBP • Recommendations from CASLE • Yes…Amazon recommendations!
  22. 22. From the MSU Library Liaison Guidelines: Make an effort to know your department Create LibGuides for the academic disciplines in your department Read or scan the literature of the discipline Assess how well the existing collection meets the needs of your department
  23. 23. More MSU Library Liaison Guidelines Maintain and use a current list of selection tools pertinent to the assigned departments Attend public lectures and other events sponsored by the assigned departments Become knowledgeable of the curricular and research needs within their assigned subject areas Send “Welcome” email to all new faculty members in assigned departments. Explain how Library Liaison can be of assistance.
  24. 24. Other CASLE events • Center for Teaching and Learning’s Brown Bag Series • Mobile Open Houses • College of Business • Online for Extension Faculty • “SLED” Talks
  25. 25. More MSU Library Liaison Guidelines Maintain and use a current list of selection tools pertinent to the assigned departments Attend public lectures and other events sponsored by the assigned departments Become knowledgeable of the curricular and research needs within their assigned subject areas Send “Welcome” email to all new faculty members in assigned departments. Explain how Library Liaison can be of assistance.
  26. 26. Research Consultations
  27. 27. More MSU Library Liaison Guidelines Maintain and use a current list of selection tools pertinent to the assigned departments Attend public lectures and other events sponsored by the assigned departments Become knowledgeable of the curricular and research needs within their assigned subject areas Send “Welcome” email to all new faculty members in assigned departments. Explain how Library Liaison can be of assistance.
  28. 28. From Research Services Discussions: “Like” the Departmental Facebook/Twitter accounts to gather more intel Review Departmental Web pages Congratulate people on articles, new grants, etc. Read the ORED (Office of Research and Economic Development) publication on research to see grants being awarded to your department
  29. 29. http://librarysciencelist.com/100-most-social-media-friendly-college-university-libraries/
  30. 30. From Research Services Discussions: “Like” the Departmental Facebook/Twitter accounts to gather more intel Review Departmental Web pages Congratulate people on articles, new grants, etc. Read the ORED (Office of Research and Economic Development) publication on research to see grants being awarded to your department
  31. 31. Resources Developed: A Summary • http://guides.library.msstate.edu/servicelearning • Print Collection • Personalized Bibliographies • Email outreach • Research Consultations • Service-Learning Librarian • CASLE website • Scholarship of Engagement
  32. 32. Challenges and Successes • Service-Learning Clearinghouse • Promotion and Tenure • Opportunities with non-tenured faculty • Expanse of S-L literature over the disciplines • Outcomes-based Extension Service Plan of Work
  33. 33. Tips for Partnerships • Know your audience • Establish Common Goals and Timelines • Keep up with the literature • Publications • Listservs • Begin a dialogue • Keep an open mind
  34. 34. Evolution of Embedded S-L Librarian • Cross-college grants and beyond (Co-PI) • Workshops for Extension faculty • Teaching specialized Library Instruction for S-L classes • Library publicity for S-L classes • Become involved in student S-L
  35. 35. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Hillary Richardson, HRichardson@library.msstate.edu April Heiselt, april@ext.msstate.edu http://guides.library.msstate.edu/servicelearning Twitter: @msu_libraries @CASLE_MSU @hillaryAHR Facebook: Mississippi State University Libraries Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence
  36. 36. References • Ballard, M. B. (2008). Maroon and White: Mississippi State University, 1878-2003. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. • Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. (1880). First Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi 1880-1881. Jackson, MS: Clarion Steam Publishing House. • Heffernan, K. (2001). Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction. Providence, RI: Campus Compact. • Smith-Lever Act, 7 U.S.C. § 341 (1914). • Morrill Act, 7 U.S.C. § 301 (1862). • Parker, B. (2013). 100 Most Social Media Friendly College & University Libraries for 2013. LibraryScienceList.com. Retrieved from http://librarysciencelist.com/100- most-social-media-friendly-college-university-libraries/

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