Schedule

Title

Pushing Boundaries: A Librarian Teaching With Service Learning

Location

University Library, Viewing and Taping A

Start Date

8-8-2017 1:05 PM

End Date

8-8-2017 1:55 PM

Description

Through an active learning session, this presentation will discuss using service learning as a primary component of Freshman Seminar as taught by a Librarian. Credit earned in this course fulfills part of the comprehensive SALT (Serving and Learning Together) graduation requirement at Lipscomb University. The characteristics and culture of service learning enable first year students to contribute to their community in an independent, intentional way. The value of active civic engagement to first year students results in their investment in their often new city of residence, cultivating a sense of agency and value as well as enabling freshmen to see service learning partners as components of their new communities and lives.

Despite Lipscomb University’s Christian mission, the idea of service learning hasn’t always been met with enthusiasm. Surprisingly, service learning courses at Lipscomb tend to be discipline-specific. Meeting the SALT graduation requirement can be a challenge for students majoring in subjects that do not offer many courses for SALT credit. By offering a freshman class that fulfills a major SALT requirement, the presenter is able to give great value to students, the SALT Center, and the campus as a whole – not to mention the Library!

Being a Librarian who teaches a first-year required course that is not information literacy has provided the presenter with increased opportunities across the campus. The role of Librarian as an integral, active partner in the student experience has increased every year.

This session will discuss the presenter’s experience, papers and presentations from students, and engage attendees in a SL reflection. Q & A time will be included.

Short bio of the presenter(s)

Elizabeth Heffington has worked at Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library for 9 years and is the Catalog & Collection Development Librarian. Prior to that, she was a Librarian at a branch of the Nashville Public Library. She earned her MLIS at Rutgers University and just graduated with the JD in December of 2016! Her next major life goal is to move to Hawai’i.

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Aug 8th, 1:05 PM Aug 8th, 1:55 PM

Pushing Boundaries: A Librarian Teaching With Service Learning

University Library, Viewing and Taping A

Through an active learning session, this presentation will discuss using service learning as a primary component of Freshman Seminar as taught by a Librarian. Credit earned in this course fulfills part of the comprehensive SALT (Serving and Learning Together) graduation requirement at Lipscomb University. The characteristics and culture of service learning enable first year students to contribute to their community in an independent, intentional way. The value of active civic engagement to first year students results in their investment in their often new city of residence, cultivating a sense of agency and value as well as enabling freshmen to see service learning partners as components of their new communities and lives.

Despite Lipscomb University’s Christian mission, the idea of service learning hasn’t always been met with enthusiasm. Surprisingly, service learning courses at Lipscomb tend to be discipline-specific. Meeting the SALT graduation requirement can be a challenge for students majoring in subjects that do not offer many courses for SALT credit. By offering a freshman class that fulfills a major SALT requirement, the presenter is able to give great value to students, the SALT Center, and the campus as a whole – not to mention the Library!

Being a Librarian who teaches a first-year required course that is not information literacy has provided the presenter with increased opportunities across the campus. The role of Librarian as an integral, active partner in the student experience has increased every year.

This session will discuss the presenter’s experience, papers and presentations from students, and engage attendees in a SL reflection. Q & A time will be included.