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Community Informatics Corps: The Next Generation

By Ann Peterson Bishop


The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science promotes teaching and research related to community informatics (CI), the study of communities and how they interact with information technology. For the past four years, we have used our grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to expand our pilot Community Informatics Corps master's program. The aim has been to develop our capacity to recruit and train the next generation of CI professionals. Through assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships, we have provided financial assistance to 46 students, as well as supporting practica and other developmental opportunities. Enrollment in CI courses has increased from 165 students in 2007-08 to 206 students in 2010-11. The CI curriculum now includes 16 different course offerings, and CI modules have been integrated into at least 5 other library and information science courses. In 2009, we established the Community Informatics Certificate program, thus far awarded to 22 students.U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant no. RE-05-07-0015-07unpublishednot peer reviewe

Topics: Library and information science curriculum, master's students, community engagement, Paseo Boricua, underrepresented students, faculty development, graduate certificate program
Year: 2011
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