Community Informatics · Education · Syllabi

Summer 2015 Community Informatics Studio: Digital Literacy for ALL Learners

[UPDATE 3/16/16: For those looking for the Summer 2016 syllabus, it’s now online at:] A tinkerer, a traditionalist, and a change agent walk into a center one day… This summer we’ll explore digital literacy programming and informal learning spaces starting from the perspective of a community’s values and goals. What if both the tinkerer —… Continue reading Summer 2015 Community Informatics Studio: Digital Literacy for ALL Learners

Community Engagement · Community Informatics · Syllabi · Teaching · Technology and Society

My Spring 2015 Courses

I’m excited to be teaching three courses this spring. Below are the short descriptions and links to the syllabus for each course. It would be great to have each class max out on enrollment! Community Informatics Studio, LIS 490ST: (Syllabus) Studio learning brings together the collective knowledge of the class to work on and implement a… Continue reading My Spring 2015 Courses

Community Informatics · Social Justice · Technology and Society

EVERYONE is a Technology Expert

I appreciate Virginia Eubanks’ expansion of information technology expertise outlined in her 2011 book Digital Dead End. This is not to say that everyone has the same expertise, by any means. But it is to challenge the primacy of those whose expertise is in the physical or software domains. A recent post touched on the concept… Continue reading EVERYONE is a Technology Expert

Community Engagement · Community Informatics · Libraries · Technology and Society

Librarians as Engagement Leaders

A number of past American Library Association (ALA) presidents have had initiatives related in some way to libraries and community/civic engagement. The 2012 ALA president, Maureen Sullivan, helped to lead a successful Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant proposal to work with the Harwood Institute to advance library-led community engagement. I strongly agree… Continue reading Librarians as Engagement Leaders