Faculty Publications

Title

Real-world research: A qualitative study of faculty perceptions of the library’s role in service-learning

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Portal

Volume

18

Issue

4

First Page

671

Last Page

692

Abstract

Service-learning, a growing pedagogy in higher education, provides opportunities for students to contribute to communities and to reflect upon experiences ranging from direct service to advocacy. Librarians have an important but underutilized role in supporting service-learning as they contribute to institutional missions and the public purposes of academia. However, there is a gap in the literature related to faculty perceptions of information literacy instruction and skills related to service-learning. The researcher used semi-structured in-depth interviews, investigating these perceptions among 12 faculty across 10 disciplines. Findings support the role of library instruction in service-learning, with a focus on helping students engage with non-scholarly sources. Conclusions also suggest a need for additional marketing of library services to faculty who may have misconceptions about librarians’ scope of practice. The article also discusses implications relative to student success and ongoing articulation of academic library value.

Original Publication Date

10-1-2018

DOI of published version

10.1353/pla.2018.0040

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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