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Apr. 5, 2013

Martin Wolske, GSLIS senior research scientist at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and adjunct lecturer, is a 2012-2013 recipient of the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement (CAEPE), which is given annually by the Office of Public Engagement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The awards recognize individuals and teams who engage the public to address critical societal issues.

Nurturing strong relationships with community partners as the foundation to successful, long-term engagement has been a key aspect of Wolske’s work and teaching at GSLIS. According to Sharon Irish, nominator and GSLIS project coordinator, “For 17 years, he has been a positive, cheerful, and practical advocate for marginalized communities all over Illinois.”

Wolske has been...

Mar. 26, 2013

Martin Wolske, GSLIS senior research scientist and lecturer, recently participated in an online question-and-answer feature with Library Journal as part of a larger series with annual winners of the LJ Teaching Award. Wolske was selected for this award in 2011.

The following excerpt addresses current challenges and issues in LIS education:

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your current class of students?

Defining what it means to be an information professional in today’s knowledge society, to develop skills that support that role, and to set up and support lifelong learning as we unlearn today’s meaning and relearn tomorrow’s meaning.

What are the most important or urgent current issues in library education?


Nov. 16, 2011

Martin B. Wolske and his students do their learning and teaching with the people who live in marginalized and underserved communities. Wolske, research scientist and adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (GSLIS), teaches the Introduction to Networked Information Systems class. Students in the course begin to understand how the use and application of technology reflect our society, and as Wolske puts it “what is encountered when you try to use that technology in communities already dismissed by that society.”

The course has developed in tandem with Wolske’s growing involvement with the University’s Community Informatics Initiative (CII), a program that aims to empower marginalized communities in Illinois through access to networked information, computer technology, and resources.

Rumyana Hristova, in her second year as a student at GSLIS, was chosen by fellow students Anna Coats,...

Oct. 29, 2010

Martin Wolske, GSLIS senior research scientist and instructor, is a presenter at this week's CIRN-DIAC Community Informatics Conference 2010, held October 27 through 29. The conference, titled "Vision and Reality in Community Informatics," takes place at Monash University Centre, in Prato, Italy.

Wolske will make two presentations:

  • Paper: Martin Wolske, Lisa Bievenue, "Innovation Diffusion and Broadband Deployment in East St. Louis, Illinois, USA"
  • Poster: Suzanne Im, Deven Gibbs, Shameem Rakha, Ithamar Ritz, and Martin Wolske, "Equipping Collaborative Computing Spaces: A [re] Design at the Mary Brown Center"

According to the conference website:

The Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) is an international network of researchers, practitioners and policy makers concerned with enabling communities through the use of Information and Communications...

Jul. 20, 2007

GSLIS is once again heading to Sao Tome and Principe, a tiny island nation off the coast of Gabon. Paul Adams, the Director of Prairienet is leading the team and will be joined by students Beth Larkee and Jake Odland, both of whom participated in Phase 1 installing computer labs in Sao Tome last February and March. The three will be joined on the Phase 2 trip by Dr. Martin Wolske, GSLIS adjunct faculty and User Services Coordinator, and GSLIS students Stephanie Renne and Chris Ritzo.

During the Phase 2 trip the group will expand the existing labs and install additional computer labs/Internet access points in the capital city of Sao Tome and the surrounding smaller towns on the island of Sao Tome and are planning a small computer lab on the island of Principe. Additionally, the team will test a wireless network setup to connect the remote plantations of the island to the Internet using technologies in partnership with CUWiN, a local Champaign/Urbana non-profit.