VirtualLibrary for Community Engagement

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Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).

Embedded in this definition are the following characteristics -

  1. There is a substantive link with significant human needs and societal problems, issues, or concerns and the university activity or initiative;
  2. There is a direct application of student, staff or faculty knowledge to address human needs and societal problems, issues, or concerns;
  3. There is utilization of the faculty member’s academic and professional expertise;
  4. The ultimate purpose is for the public or common good and student learning, faculty research or service
  5. There is a clear link/relationship between the program/activities and an appropriate academic unit’s and the university’s mission/goals.

Any documents that adhere to the characteristics identified above, should be a part of the virtual library.