The goal of the Youth Community Informatics project is to encourage youth to consider careers in library and information science by engaging them in technology-rich activities that benefit their local communities. Youth ages 12-18, along with their adult leaders.
- participate in technology-mediated learning modules on a range of information science topics;
- work on community informatics projects in collaboration with local community partners and university students from LIS and related fields;
- participate in campus events to experience a wide variety of library and information science careers;
- help develop computer technology centers for their own use, and for use by others in their communities.
In the Youth Community Informatics Forum, to be held on June 27-28, 2008 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, groups of youth will investigate information spaces around campus using digital cameras and GPS, along with their own eyes and ears, create Google Maps representations of what they learn, discuss their findings with other groups. They will also learn about LIS careers and about working with their own communities.
The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).