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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Director of Community Networking, CII
Graduate College of Library Information Sciences

Sao Tome Project Profile

Paul Adams (MA, Western Illinois University) has been director of Prairienet since 1999 and is currently Director of Community Networking for Community Informatics Intiative. He spent 15 years working in community development and urban planning in Davenport, Iowa, and Champaign, Ill. Service has always been at the forefront of his personal and professional life. Mr. Adams considers Prairienet a community development initiative that uses digital tools, and is currently involved in an effort to extend this concept to developing countries, including Sao Tome and Malawi, Africa. Paul has been involved with ESLARP since 2000.


DigitalESL Collaborative sees digital technology as a means for empowering all East St. Louis metro area residents to build and sustain a healthy, livable community. We see a team of technology-savvy people who are well connected to each other and to different kinds of opportunities in the region and around the world. Through technology, all citizens will have easy access to learning opportunities, economic opportunities, and resources for better living. Information technology will become part of daily life and expand peoples' thinking and their awareness of these possibilities.

Teen Tech - This project is designed to address the technology literacy needs of youth in East St. Louis (metro east area) Illinois. There has been significant interest by local youth in developing hard ware skills.  There are currently no instructional programs of this kind in the area.  As Prairienet (through LIS 451) develops more and more public access computer labs and the Digital ESL Collaborative continues to distribute more used computers to the homes of low-income families, the need for hardware repair will increase.  The intent of this project is to teach youth hard ware skills that they will in turn use to repair and upgrade computers in the community.

Improving Information Access and Infrastructure in São Tomé and Príncipe - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is currently developing a partnership with the West African nation of São Tomé that is growing in scope. GSLIS students and faculty have installed computer labs in locations including: The National Library, Regional libraries, Schools, and other community centers on the island.  In addition, students tested a wireless protocol to connect remote locations. Future projects will include work with the national archives and English books.


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