IS 418 Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to the multiple ways that information professionals in libraries and other settings learn about, collaborate with, and provide service and outreach to community members. Provides an introduction to, and overview of, community engagement theory and practice. A significant portion of coursework will take the form of service learning or community-based research via approved projects that match students' interests.

Learning objectives

  • Why and how libraries can engage their communities and support community change
  • How communities work, how to analyze and mobilize resources
  • How information professionals and institutions can support civic renewal
  • How students can be change agents with the confidence to work on community projects
  • How to access and contribute to resources to support community engagement

Recent syllabus

Scheduled Offerings

  • Fall 2018

    • IS418AG
      Wed, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 109
      On-Campus
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      70369
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS418AU
      Wed, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Room 109
      On-Campus
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      70370
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
  • Spring 2019

    • IS418AG
      Tue, 3:00 pm - 5:50 pm
      Room 242
      On-Campus
      Hybrid course that meets with IS 418 AU and IS 418 AO.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      66838
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS418AO
      Tue, 3:00 pm - 5:50 pm
      Online
      Restricted to students in Information Sciences. Hybrid course that meets with IS 418 AG and IS 418 AU.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      67491
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS418AU
      Tue, 3:00 pm - 5:50 pm
      Room 242
      On-Campus
      Hybrid course that meets with IS 418 AG and IS 418 AO.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      67654
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).