Experiential learning bridges theory with practice and is the focus of the five-year Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at TWU. The mentorship program encourages faculty to integrate experiential education into the curriculum through development of EQP-designated courses.
While current courses integrate some level of experiential learning, the Fall 2014 course LS5363, Health Science Information Services Management, will involve community-based learning experiences. In this course, students will identify community assets within the boundaries reached by a health library or health organization. During the semester, we'll reach out to organizations to gather information about needs and dreams using research and interviews, and then synthesize findings to outline potential collaboration that positions the librarian as a community facilitator for change.
End-of semester presentations will be made available to the entire TWU community during the Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium as podcasts, or in person as poster sessions in the Spring Research Symposium. Funding for posters will be made available for students who would like to present their work at the Symposium or a professional association meeting, such as the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) South Central Region annual meeting. These skills will be of interest to medical librarians concerned with extending curtailed budgets, but no examples of application in a Master's level Library Science program exist, making students' experiences both timely and topical, and preparing them for real-world community facilitation roles as they enter a rapidly changing workplace. For allied health students, it's an opportunity to work side-by-side with information experts in community outreach planning.
Please contact Dr. Perryman for information about the course.
Carol Perryman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
Texas Woman's University
P.O. Box 425438
Denton, TX 76204-5438
Phone: (940) 898-2612
Fax: (940) 898-2611
Research page: cperryman.com
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