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On June 24, 2016, I organized a community presentation focused on the research findings from my doctoral dissertation. Over 30 individuals attended, including representatives from local public libraries, senior centers, and retirement communities, as well as interested seniors and community researchers. The video of this presentation is discussion is available online, as is a summary of the presentation.

Digital Local & Family History Workshops In Spring 2012, I organized three workshops with three public libraries on the topic of Digital Local and Family History. Additional workshops were held in Chicago, Indianapolis and Ann Arbor. Funding from the Illinois Heritage Associasu events.

Campus-Community Symposia on Community Technology With the Community Informatics Research Lab I organized a series of symposia on community technology in Champaign-Urbana. These events were held from 2010 to 2012. Over 500 people in the local community participated in these community conversations.

I have also assisted my advisor in organizing the following events.

eChicago was six years of conferences at UIUC and Dominican University. We brought together community workers, librarians, city and county officials, students and scholars to share how Chicago neighborhoods are using digital tools and otherwise navigating the information revolution. The aim was to help Chicagoland become more digital and more democratic, based on the culture and creativity at the grassroots of society.

Each fall the Info City Lecture Series, known by old timers as the Digital Divide Lecture Series, hosts local non-profit and public leaders to tell how their organization or sector is making use of information technology. Now in its eighth year, we have heard from all kinds of professionals from the Illinois football team, the local deaf community, the fire department, the public schools and libraries as well as community-engaged faculty from UIUC and elsewhere.

Selected Recent Talks

Noah Lenstra (with L. Jordan Welborn). "Engaging the Community Around Digital Archiving," A Reference & User Services Association of the American Library Association History Section Webinar, 2 June 2015.

Noah Lenstra and Kate Williams. "Training future library professionals via community informatics research, teaching and service with seniors and senior-serving organizations, including local libraries," Library Research Seminar VI: The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, October 7-9, 2014.

"Powerful Public Computing Programs with Low-to-No Budgets," with Kate Williams. Public Library Association annual meeting (Indianapolis), March 15, 2014.