“Building Digital Communities” Project Launches with Campus Visit from Angela Siefer

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, March 1, 2013 — Supporting the information needs of communities and planning for an inclusive digital future are among the goals of a new project at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI).

Through a partnership with OCLC, the Center for Digital Inclusion will evaluate the digital landscape of nine U.S. cities. A key objective of the project is to stimulate community-wide discussion and planning efforts to create and support healthy, prosperous and cohesive 21st century communities.

The project kicks off Monday, March 4 with a campus visit from Angela Siefer, Digital Inclusion Program Manager at OCLC. The CDI team will collaborate with Siefer on the “Building Digital Communities” project and work on stakeholder alignment evaluations.

“Building Digital Communities” is an initiative by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) aimed at helping communities develop technology plans and strategies to address the information needs of all their residents. For more information, visit http://www.imls.gov/about/building_digital_communities.aspx .

On Monday, March 4, Siefer will spend the day in Jon Gant’s “Strategic Information Systems” LEEP course. On Tuesday, March 5 she will speak in Martin Wolske’s “Introduction to Networked Systems” course and then join the CDI team for a full-day working session on the “Building Digital Communities” project.

Siefer has more than thirteen years of experience of “in the trenches” work in broadband adoption, digital literacy and inclusion programs and NTIA/BTOP grant-writing.


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