Library Trends 62 (1) Summer 2013: Community Informatics in China

 

Library Trends 62 (1) Summer 2013: Community Informatics in China. Edited by Kate Williams

The focus of this issue is on theory, method, and policy. Theory means useful ideas that explain causality, that explain why or how something happens. Method means research techniques to gather and analyze data that affirms or revises theory. Policy means practical proposals that are based on solid theory and method, proposals that governments and others can implement to foster information-age, digitally savvy communities that work better for the people who live in them. The articles in this issue are a sample of the latest work in, and relating to, community informatics, with particular emphasis on current challenges for local communities in China.


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  • Yan, Hui; Zhou, Wenjie; Han, Shenglong (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013)
    This article examines a “glocal” community informatics project that is transforming villages in Western China. Funded and initiated by the U.S.-based Evergreen Education Foundation (EEF)—an organization that makes public ...

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  • Wei, Zhipeng; Jiang, Guodong; Niu, Tuowen; Zou, Tim; Dong, Elaine (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013)
    This report presents a case study of school library programs in two rural counties in Western China. Since 2002, the libraries of Tianzhu and Tongwei high schools have undertaken a series of outreach initiatives to ...

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  • Cheng, Chung-Tai (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013)
    The article explores the ways in which Chinese villagers adapt cell phone technology to their needs and desires in the context of rural urbanization. The first part of the article uses an example from two villages in ...

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  • Ruan, Lian; Zhu, Qiang (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013)
    This essay examines the work of China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS), an academic library community that has established resource sharing in a network environment. More specifically, it examines CALIS’s ...

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  • Wang, Zizhou; Yin, Peili; Hanhua, Wu (Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013)
    Private libraries in China—most of which were created by bottom-up processes, not top-down government mandates—offer a diversity of services to a range of constituencies. They offer individuals space for reading and ...

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