Module 10: Community Informatics

This week’s module introduces you to the field of community informatics. We will discuss what we mean by informatics and community informatics, identify the stakeholders in community informatics, and explore the relationship between library and information science and community informatics. This module was created by Dr. Chris Hagar for INFO 200.


Collaborate Lecture: Community informatics (CI).

Slides: Download Community Informatics here.

Transcript: Download transcript of Community Informatics here.

Things to to Read:

Johnson, C.A. (2012). How do public libraries create social capital? An analysis of interactions between library staff and patrons. Library & Information Science Research, 34(1), 52-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2011.07.009

Solomon, L.  (2013, May). Understanding social capital. American Libraries.

Williams, K., Durrance, J. C., & Rosenbaum, H. (2010). Community informatics. Encyclopedia of library and information science (3rd ed.). Taylor & Francis.


Things to Explore:

Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) 

What is digital inclusion? Digital inclusion survey (Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services)

Below are supplemental videos to further enhance your understanding of CI. These, as “Things to Explore,” are optional.

Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Commons List of community informatics terms

Journal of Community Informatics is a free open-access journal covering research and practice.

If you are interested in community informatics research, join the Community Informatics Researchers Mailing List  a discussion group on Community Informatics. This mailing list provides an important communication channel for the Community Informatics community. The messages you receive will give you a flavor for the current hot topics discussion in the field.

Reference in the lecture

Keeble, L. & Loader, B.D. (2001). Community informatics: Shaping computer-mediated social networks. London: Routledge.