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.

Why does the argument of white vs black have to carry on?

The other day I shared a video from Sojourners magazine, that highlights and builds upon the results from a recent Public Religion Research Institute survey.  From the article introducing the video: While about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings — … Continue reading

Posted in Liberation, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr. long weekend in the United States. There are a lot of great celebrations, remembrances, prayer breakfasts, and acts of service that will be done as part of the three day … Continue reading

Posted in Community Engagement, Reflections, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Charity, Caring, Social Justice

This past summer I read the book Service Learning and Social Justice by Susan Benigni Cipolle. Her description of the path all of us must take when reaching out to help others — from a mindset of charity, to one … Continue reading

Posted in Community Engagement, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Community Engagement, Spring 2016

Here’s the syllabus and link to the bibliography for my spring, 2016, Community Engagement course. The course meets Thursdays from 1:00-3:50pm at the Library and Information Science building, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign. Thanks to my students from the spring, … Continue reading

Posted in Bibliographies, Community Engagement, Community Informatics, Service-Learning, Syllabi, Teaching | Leave a comment

A Changing Landscape: Amazon, Technology and Engagement?

Originally posted on Social Justice Librarian:
New Reality for Public Libraries With the recent announcement by Amazon that it will begin providing a Netflix-type e-book service for $10 a month, allowing individual subscribers to access over 600,000 titles, librarians and…

Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Amusing Ourselves to Death

I am a big fan of the daily thought email service provided by the good folks of “Cutlure is Not Optional” . Their thought provoking quotes sent as part of their “the daily asterisk” service help me challenge my thinking on a … Continue reading

Posted in Demystifying Technology, Reflections | Leave a comment

The Economy of the Flourishing

Today I enjoyed a simple breakfast of toasted bread, granola, and yogurt, all items my wife made out of the love that naturally bubbles up from within her. Today I walked the lush, green raised beds that thrive because of the … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment