The Value of Service Learning Projects in Preparing LIS Students for Public Services Careers in Public Libraries

Bonnie Brzozowski, Nicholas Homenda, Loriene Roy

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    Abstract

    Public libraries are uniquely positioned as ideal places for library and information science students to provide service learning experiences due to the nature of public library services and their diverse clientele. As the education and library and information science literature indicate, experiential education of all kinds, including service learning and fieldwork, can be a beneficial component of any educational experience. A case for service learning will be made through a review of experiential education literature and a case study of a service learning experience at a public library in Austin, Texas. Suggestions for best practices in designing service learning projects are provided.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages24-40
    Number of pages17
    JournalReference Librarian
    Volume53
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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    Keywords

    • Austin
    • computer classes
    • experiential education
    • field experience
    • job seeker services
    • library and information science education
    • public library
    • service learning
    • students

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    • Library and Information Sciences

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    The Value of Service Learning Projects in Preparing LIS Students for Public Services Careers in Public Libraries. / Brzozowski, Bonnie; Homenda, Nicholas; Roy, Loriene.

    In: Reference Librarian, Vol. 53, No. 1, 01.01.2012, p. 24-40.

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    Brzozowski, Bonnie ; Homenda, Nicholas ; Roy, Loriene. / The Value of Service Learning Projects in Preparing LIS Students for Public Services Careers in Public Libraries. In: Reference Librarian. 2012 ; Vol. 53, No. 1. pp. 24-40
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