Radical Reference participation in ALA panel


Fostering Civic Engagement: Models and Practices for All Libraries

Saturday, June 25th, 1:30-3:30pm, Sheraton, Ontario Room.


How can libraries and librarians from every setting get involved in the
nation-wide civic engagement movement? What are our colleagues already
doing to promote civic engagement? What models exist for becoming involved?
How can research on civic engagement inform practice?

Join the Fostering Civic Engagement MIG of ALA for a program that will
share models and sample activities relating to the nation-wide push for
greater civic engagement. Hear leaders involved with front-line civic
engagement work, research on civic engagement, and coalition builders, and
then engage with colleagues on these issues.

Presenters include:

  • Nancy Kranich, NYU - Welcome and introduction to MIG
  • Kathy Gleken, Illinois Campus Compact - Overview of the national
    civic engagement movement
  • Joan Durrance, University of Michigan, School of Information -
    Research on libraries engaged in civic work with models for types of
    programs underway.
  • Nancy Tessman - Salt Lake City Public Library - Changing a public
    library mission and physical plant to reflect a commitment to civic
  • Jenna Freedman, Radical Reference - Alternative information
    providers' role in civic engagement work.
  • Debbie Abilock, Knowledge Quest - School library/media librarians'
    contribution to fostering civic engagement.
  • Cathy Carpenter, Georgia Tech - A particular civic engagement program
    involving a voter registration drive that the library spearheaded on their

Questions, MIG time, Sharing Experiences

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