This poster will describe a faculty librarian’s experience as an embedded librarian co-leading a short-term study abroad course with a social science classroom faculty member at Miami Dade College. The three-credit course, ISS 2270 Multicultural Communication and Relations, is held during a six week summer term and includes two weeks in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia. The course includes information literacy strategies, service learning strategies, Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy (GSELS) related content, and Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) infused content. The field program in Surabaya is comprised of seminar discussions on topics such as customary law, inter-faith dialogue, gender interactions, and multicultures of Indonesia; experiential classes on Indonesian language, batik, and traditional music and dance of the area; and various field trips including to Mount Bromo, Trowulan sites, and performing arts communities.
Leading, co-leading, or involvement as an embedded librarian within study abroad courses is a great opportunity with much room for growth. Collaboration between faculty librarian and classroom faculty member, partnership with the host institution and venue in Surabaya, Universitas Airlangga, and international collaboration with their faculty and librarians will be discussed. This includes using social media to build student networks and cultural capital prior to travel, to promote success and retention in the course. Pictures, syllabus, and itinerary in Indonesia will be included.
Laurel Fennell– Faculty Librarian/Associate Professor, Sr., Miami Dade College North Campus Library