Schedule

Title

Narrative Identity as Creative Art: Exploring Homelessness and Citizenship Through an Academic Community Engagement Course

Location

University Library, St. Clare Room

Start Date

8-8-2017 1:05 PM

End Date

8-8-2017 1:55 PM

Description

Critical information literacy frequently involves the development of what James Elborg calls a “critical consciousness” – acquiring an ability to question an agency’s role in framing a coherent and reasoned view of reality. This presentation will explore the relationship of collaborative, team-based, service learning approaches to critical information literacy within an undergraduate intensive writing course. Through an engaged community research project model, librarians partnered with the lead course instructor to develop and teach a curriculum that enjoined the students with the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington’s Crawford Homes, the Shalom Community Center, and the Interfaith Winter Shelter. Through interviews and meaningful community service at the local agencies, students developed creative non-fiction life narratives of the shelter residents who have experienced long-term homelessness. The exhibit displays life narratives of the shelter residents and allows visitors to share the students’ journeys as they explored the university archives, co-curated their own archive with the community, and reflected on the significance of the lives and the art we preserve in library collections.

Short bio of the presenter(s)

Michael Courtney, the Outreach and Engagement Librarian, connects the Libraries’ resources and services to the academic priorities of various campus communities and student audiences, including first-year students, distance learners, international students, transfer students, graduate students, and others. As an active participant in the instructional initiatives of the Teaching & Learning department, Mike provides leadership and direction for librarians and graduate instruction assistants in the effective design and teaching of information literacy education

As the Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Erika Jenns collaborates with library colleagues and campus partners to develop programs that engage graduate students and faculty in both traditional and new forms of scholarship. She coordinates and facilitates an array of workshop programming for graduate students in the Scholars’ Commons, a technology-rich dynamic space that stimulates scholarly conversation, interdisciplinary exchange, and intellectual discovery.

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

Narrative Identity as Creative Art: Exploring Homelessness and Citizenship Through an Academic Community Engagement Course

University Library, St. Clare Room

Critical information literacy frequently involves the development of what James Elborg calls a “critical consciousness” – acquiring an ability to question an agency’s role in framing a coherent and reasoned view of reality. This presentation will explore the relationship of collaborative, team-based, service learning approaches to critical information literacy within an undergraduate intensive writing course. Through an engaged community research project model, librarians partnered with the lead course instructor to develop and teach a curriculum that enjoined the students with the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington’s Crawford Homes, the Shalom Community Center, and the Interfaith Winter Shelter. Through interviews and meaningful community service at the local agencies, students developed creative non-fiction life narratives of the shelter residents who have experienced long-term homelessness. The exhibit displays life narratives of the shelter residents and allows visitors to share the students’ journeys as they explored the university archives, co-curated their own archive with the community, and reflected on the significance of the lives and the art we preserve in library collections.