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Wednesday, November 13 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Creating a culture of public engagement

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Public engagement is at the core of the University of Illinois’ mission, and directly benefits the library by driving the use of collections and services, helping reach underserved populations, garnering public support for the library, and fostering a culture of lifelong learning. As engagement activities are not equally implemented across libraries on campus, a working group undertook an environmental scan of the library in order to understand the motivations and barriers to engagement activities. Outcomes included a set of recommendations aimed at instilling a library-wide culture that promotes and celebrates engagement. This talk presents the scan results, recommendations, and impact.

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Sarah Christensen

Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Christensen is the Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on the role of academic libraries in supporting the public engagement mission of land-grant universities. Sarah holds a B.A. in art history... Read More →
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Mara Thacker

South Asian Studies Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mara Thacker is the South Asian Studies and Global Popular Culture Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an associate professor, she has cultivated a research agenda on trends in area studies librarianship with a focus on distinctive collections, and public... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm CST