Author Archives: mwolske

About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.

Public Libraries Exemplifying Various Trends

In my last post I introduced the engaged public library as a defining transition underway across our country. Rather than a specific end-product, the engaged library is a user-driven, ongoing process of co-created and co-delivered services. Thus, while some aspects may remain core … Continue reading

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Public Libraries: The engaged library

I have been a board of trustee for the Champaign Public Library since November, 2014 and am chair of the newly created Visioning 2020 committee. I accepted the appointment because I am excited by what I see as the opportunities … Continue reading

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Creating a personal theory of community, engagement, and social change to foster community

Our community engagement class has crossed the mid-point and is now on spring break. The challenge over break is for us to review course readings to date to come up with our personal theories of community, engagement, and social change … Continue reading

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Sociological Imagination & Diversity Gaps

I appreciate the introduction provided me by Randy Stoecker to the concept of sociological imagination, a term coined by C. Wright Mills in 1959. It is a way of seeing the broader sociological situations that result in many people experiencing similar … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 Community Informatics Studio: Digital Literacy for ALL Learners

The following is a working draft of a summer 2015 Community Informatics Studio course (LIS490ST)  that I will be offering. This is a hybrid class, allowing both on-campus and online students to participate. While this course is offered through the Graduate School … Continue reading

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Problem-posing Education

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. Eugene Ionesco I am an educator both as vocation and avocation, although I do not have a formal education degree. And while I can deliver a strong 3-hour lecture with … Continue reading

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Managing Implicit Bias

The last year has seen increased attention given in the popular media to implicit or unconscious bias, for instance: A May 2014 Inquiring Minds interview with neuroscientist David Omodio A November 2014 CNN report on racism without racists A 2-part This American Life story … Continue reading

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