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

  • Spring 2020

    • IS418AGO
      Wed, 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
      Online
      Restricted to students in Information Sciences.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      67491
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS418AUO
      Wed, 5:00 pm - 7:50 pm
      Online
      Undergraduate students: Priority is given to students pursuing a transfer into the BS/IS degree (http://go.ischool.illinois.edu/BSIS) until November 18, and IS Advisor Approval is required. INFO Minors will be able to register starting at noon on November 18. All restrictions will be lifted by noon on December 2. Questions may be sent to ischool-is@illinois.edu
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      70721
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3
  • Fall 2019

    • IS418AG
      Wed, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Armory 182
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 418 AU.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      70369
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      4
    • IS418AU
      Wed, 9:00 am - 11:50 am
      Armory 182
      On-Campus
      Meets with IS 418 AG.
      Instructor
      Martin Wolske
      CRN
      70370
      Length
      16 weeks
      Credit hours
      3

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).