Course: Service Learning in Information Sciences        
ECTS credits: 6    
Language: Croatian         
Duration: 1 semester        
Status: elective course        
Method of teaching: 1 hour of lectures and 3 seminar hours weekly
Prerequisite: none        
Assessment: project proposal, project report, seminar paper, oral exam        

Course description:
Service learning is a teaching method where students learn and develop through active participation in organized service experiences that are connected to specific learning outcomes, meet identified community needs and allow student reflection and connection of the experience to the study of information and communication sciences.
This course aims to provide students of information sciences with the ability to apply academic knowledge and skills to meet real information needs.
Student service learning projects that are the most important part of this course will aim to solve specific problems set by the course and will be part of the seminar sessions. Seminar sessions will be combined with lectures covering the service learning activities, management of the project, group work and activities of critical thinking.

Course objectives:
Work on group projects aimed at developing information solutions that follow the thematic content of the study, writing a journal/seminar paper, developing project plans, evaluation forms and final project reports, designing e-portfolios, developing communication skills, presentation skills, evaluation skills and critical thinking skills

Quality check and success of the course:
Combination of the internal and external evaluation. Internal evaluation will be performed by the teacher and fellow students. Both the external and internal evaluation will be carried out as a survey at the end of the semester. The external evaluation will be carried out in collaboration with community partners – they will submit their evaluation of the student project.

Reading list:
1. Mikelić Preradović, Nives. Učenjem do društva znanja . Zagreb : Zavod za informacijske studije Odsjeka za informacijske znanosti Filozofskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, 2009 (udžbenik).

1. Bharat M. (2004). Service Learning in Library and Information Science (LIS) Education: Connecting Research and Practice to Community. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(1), Article 3.
2. Cuban, S., & Hayes, E. (Spring 2001). Perspectives of five library and information studies students involved in service learning at a community-based literacy program. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 42(2), 86-95.
3. Elmborg, J. K., Leighton, H., Huffman, H., Bradbury, J., et al. (Winter 2001). Service learning in the library and information science curriculum – The perspectives and experiences of one Multimedia/User Education class. Research Strategies, 18(4), 265-281.
4. Kazmer, M. M. (2005). Community-Embedded Learning. The Library Quarterly, 75, 190– 212.
5. Riddle, J. S. (March 2003). Where's the Library in Service Learning?: Models for Engaged Library Instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 29(2), p71-81.
6. Roy, Loriene. (2001). Diversity in the classroom: Incorporating service-learning experiences in the Library and information science curriculum. In Journal of Library Administration, 33(4), p 213-228.