Community engagement and marginalized communities

Group members: Tina Du in collaboration with colleagues in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Melbourne, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Community engagement is the process of actively involving and partnering with a community in decision-making to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, and implementations for issues that affect the well-being of said community. The purpose of this study is to bring the community-engaged approach to the attention of Library and Information Science researchers to open a discussion about its applications in studying information phenomena within communities including marginalized communities. With the argument of infusing community engagement in information research, the goal is to promote research that will facilitate communication and information exchange surrounding the provision of information resources and community services, foster civic engagement with communities, as well as enhance the impact of information research in guiding policy making.

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