Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS)

The Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS) answers the call for research, collaboration, and ongoing discussion about topics and issues specific to library and information science (LIS), LIS education, libraries and librarians, and library services in multiple contexts. These issues are broad and varied, yet focused and specific, with the work that CSLIS researchers and practitioners engage in directly informing the continuing evolution of library and information services in today’s technological world. CSLIS is a center for study and cooperative work in learning more about the ways in which libraries operate and function in society as community information centers and as contemporary spaces for community engagement and lifelong learning.

"It’s an essential fight librarians are making, an age-old fight; yours is a battle for civilization. It’s a fight for our country’s founding values."
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CSLIS Faculty Receive IMLS Grant to Create Community-Based LIS Education Program

Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is excited to announce “Integrating Community-Based Learning with LIS Education,” a grant project funded by the U.S. Government’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Working together with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, CCI faculty will develop a new component of its Master’s in Information Science (MSI), Library & Information Science (LIS) major focusing on community engagement. Project leads and CCI professors Drs. Xia Lin, Jane Greenberg, Denise Agosto, Erjia Yan, and Alex Poole will work with representatives from partnering organizations to create a community-based learning model for LIS education and to develop a post-baccalaureate Community Catalysts Certificate for professionals interested in learning how to benefit their communities via library and information services.

In addition to creating community-based partnerships and educational programming, the project will fund 12 Community Catalysts Fellows who will study and work together in a range of community organizations to complete a three-course, 12-credit Community Catalysts Certificate. Fellows interested in continuing their studies after they complete the certificate will be able to transfer the credits into Drexel’s Master of Science in Information program.

Interested in learning more? The full project proposal can be found here. Or, contact Allison Sands to discuss possible partnerships or applying for the Community Catalysts Fellowship program.