During my time at GSLIS, public conflicts arose over issues of racial and cultural inclusion in admissions, curriculum, and student life. I became engaged as an ally and advocate, and eventually served on committees formed to address these issues.
This project is an online community engagement analysis and plan for CU-Citizen-Access, and was was created as part of the Summer 2011 Community Informatics Studio class at GSLIS.
We were tasked to make a film that tells the story of the organizations, and then lays out a vision for how the organizations and the communities they serve can use the coming UC2B broadband network to promote economic empowerment and community strength.
Teams of students went out to 6 libraries in the Champaign-Urbana area and documented a full day’s worth of events at each, coinciding with the statewide One Day in the Life of Illinois Libraries event.
In my first really sustained dive into the library literature I looked into the current state of public computing in libraries and the policy and funding environments that surround it.
After spending the semester learning about how information is organized, structured, and transmitted and what the implications of that conceptual and actual infrastructure are for users and institutions, we then used the popular library social media site LibraryThing as a case study to explore these concepts in action.
In this project, we formulated a strategic plan for our organization to take advantage of the coming UC2B network, both to enhance their own operations and to help their community overcome the digital divide.
This project was a good introduction to thinking systemically and contextually about the intersection of online and offline community, and about the deficits and opportunities that currently exist in these areas.