Who we are:
Paul Adams is the director of Prairienet, a unit of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Prairienet works with disadvantaged individuals and communities to bridge the digital divide. It offers an opportunity for students and faculty to apply their knowledge and skills in practical applications that provides immediate benefit to communities (see www.prairienet.org). Paul Adams has served with Prairienet for the last nine years. He has an academic and professional background in urban planning and community development.
Paul will be leading this university engagement project. In addition, he will conduct research on the potential for a Phase II wireless network implementation (to connect remote plantations to education and library services). Paul will also be meeting with representatives of local NGOs and government officials to possibly develop future projects with other university disciplines.
Jake Odland is a second year Master’s student in Library and Information Science at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. (GSLIS). His interests include new technologies, information access, and the internet as a communications/information-sharing tool. He works in the University Library as a graduate assistant in the Africana Library and at Prairienet as a Hardware Support graduate assistant. On the Phase 1 trip, he worked with Beth Larkee to form partnerships with the information community in Sao Tome and Principe and to install a computer lab in the National Library and airport. During Phase 2, he will continue installing computer labs and training staff, including a lab installation on the island of Principe.
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