Kevin Risk is published again - this time it's an academic article, rather than a story or an illustration. ;) He co-wrote an article with Keren Dali of Western University (the main author) and Andrea Lau, currently at the Toronto Public Library, called Academically Informed Creative Writing in LIS Programs and the Freedom to be Creative.
From the ResearchGate website: "This article makes a case for the inclusion of creative writing in Library & Information Science (LIS) courses. Using an example of the course on reading practices and audiences, it shows how creative writing can contribute to the development of creativity, critical thinking, ability for self-direction and independent learning—all the necessary skills for future leaders in the field of LIS. It presents a unique professor–student perspective on creative writing assignments and focuses on two case studies: the role of creative writing in validating students’ personal experiences and previous educational background; and the importance of creative writing in fostering a skill of meaningful and engaging storytelling. It also analyzes several possible concerns related to the incorporation of creative writing in LIS courses, with a particular emphasis on the rigorous but flexible evaluation methods of students’ creative work. The article will be of interest to LIS educators and LIS students, who, it is hoped, would become more involved in the direction of their graduate education."
Academically Informed Creative Writing in LIS Programs and the Freedom to be Creative (PDF Download Available). Available HERE.