Roy, Jensen and Meyers communicate importance of service learning

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For Immediate Release

March 23, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is announcing the release of
“Service Learning”. More schools are incorporating service learning into the student experience as concern grows over the relevance of a master’s degree to the professional work of librarianship. Loriene Roy, ALA past president, teamed up with Kelly Jensen and Alex Hershey Meyers to bring together authors from top-tier schools to outline their programs and surrounding efforts. “Service Learning” is the rare educational resource that ties professional and formalized education together.

Roy is a professor in the School of Information of the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches graduate classes on public libraries, reference and library instruction/information literacy. She is founder and director of If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native children. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She was elected 2007–2008 president of the American Library Association.

Jensen finished her master's degree in information studies in December 2008 from the University of Texas in Austin, where Roy was her academic advisor. Jensen is actively involved in numerous service projects in the Austin area.

Hershey Meyers earned her masters of science in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she still lives and works. She was a student of Dr. Loriene Roy at the iSchool and was brought on as Roy's assistant for her ALA 2007-2008 Presidential year.

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