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Jennifer Ward’s Finland Sabbatical Report

Sincere thanks to the Chancellor and the faculty review committee for supporting this opportunity to experience university life in another culture.

Typical December day at Seurasaari Island Open-Air MuseumJennifer Ward, Associate Professor of Library Science, has recently returned from a  sabbatical in Finland during the Fall 2012 Semester.  She went there with research questions revolving around the Finnish education culture, how academic librarians teach a required information literacy curriculum, and what of their approaches could be brought back to the University of Alaska Southeast for library instruction and services.

Highlights:

  • Taught library research classes to international postgraduates in the social sciences and humanities at the University of Helsinki
  • Researched the teaching practices of informaatikos and cultural influences in teaching and learning
  • Analyzed the ICT Driving License curriculum on computer technology and basics in library research - can and should a similar system be implemented at UAS?
  • Assisted in the Finland - Namibia project developing information literacy programming for the University of Namibia
  • Attended IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress
  • Experienced the cafe and coffee culture, trams and trains, museums and parks, and saunas of Helsinki with Ward F. Ward (UAS IT Consultant) and Cadence Ward

Sincere thanks to the Chancellor and the faculty review committee for supporting this opportunity to experience university life in another culture. The experience has broadened Jennifer's understanding of her profession and of students in an international context and she looks forward to bringing this perspective back to UAS. This project also would not have been possible without the full support of her amazing colleagues and director at the Egan Library. Kiitos ystävät!

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