Turning a Service Learning Experience into a Model of Student Engagement : The Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections (LHRC) Project in Hong Kong

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  • Steve H. Ching

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-206
Journal / PublicationJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number2
Online published27 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


The digital shift has provided easy access to academic library users, and yet, the usage of archival collections continues to be low. At the same time, the need for innovation in library services for cultural heritage scholarship and its advancement is emerging. This paper outlines a library-led service-learning program that connects students with lighthouse artifacts, archival collections, scholars in global academia, and wider communities. Student engagement cases are provided to illustrate the way in which the librarian utilizes the Framework of Information Literacy for Higher Education by ACRL to work closely with students. These cases also demonstrate how students can contribute to knowledge creation and preservation efforts for a specific cultural heritage topic that is not static, but which keeps receiving new contributions or additions to the depository. Thus, this paper is an answer to the ACRL's call for pilot projects to be assessed and shared with the wider community of academic librarians and support staff. It also builds on emerging roles for academic libraries like engaged learning. Librarians must move beyond simply seeing themselves as partners. Instead, librarians should see themselves as prime facilitators that co-create and co-develop cultural heritage research and historical projects by connecting actors and resources more effectively than any single actor can do alone.

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  • Archival collections, Lighthouse heritage research connections, Service-learning, Student engagement, information literacy