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The list of publications on this website is no longer being actively updated. This list contains a snapshot of my past publications, as of 2017.


  1. The Community Informatics of an Aging Society: A Comparative Case Study of Senior Centers and Public Libraries. 2016, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library & Information Science. Earned a 2015 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to support research. Dissertation Proposal Committee: Kate Williams, Michael Twidale, Linda C. Smith, & Bo Xie (University of Texas School of Nursing / School of Information)
  2. e-Black Champaign-Urbana: Community Informatics and Cultural Heritage Information in a Low-Income Community 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Committee: Abdul Alkalimat (Chair), Kate Williams, Anne Gilliland (UCLA).

Books Edited

  1. Noah Lenstra,editor.  Community Engagement @ Illinois: Connecting Research and Service.Champaign: eBlackChampaign-Urbana, 2010. full-text

Book Chapters

  1. Noah Lenstra, “Social inequalities in the shaping of community cultural heritage infrastructure,” in Participatory Heritage, eds. Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland. New York: Facet, 2017.
  2. Noah Lenstra, "Democratizing" Genealogy and Family Heritage Practices: The View from Urbana, Illinois, eds. Mike Robinson and Helaine Silverman, Springer, 2015.
  3. Noah Lenstra, 'You Know You From Champaign-Urbana': an Ethnography of Localized African-American Archiving Initiatives, in Identity Palimpsests: Archiving Ethnicity in the U.S. and Canada, eds. Dominique Daniel & Amalia Levi, Litwin Books, 2014.

Journal Articles

  1. Noah Lenstra, "Cyberorganizing Everyday Heritage in and around Public Libraries: An Exploratory Study in Illinois," Public Library Quarterly, 33(1), 2014: 1-22.
  2. Kate Williams, Noah Lenstra, Shameem Ahmed and Qiyuan Liu, "Research note: Measuring the globalization of knowledge: The case of community informatics." First Monday, 18(8), 2013.
  3. Noah Lenstra and Abdul Alkalimat, "eBlack Studies as Digital Community Archives: A Proof of Concept Study in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois," Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, 1(2), Summer/Winter 2012: 151-184. pdf of article without multi-media supplementary materials

Conference Proceedings and Posters

  1. Noah Lenstra. "The Community Informatics of an Aging Society: A Comparative Case Study of Public Libraries and Senior Centers. Poster presented at Doctoral Student Poster Session, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2016 Conference, Boston, January 5-8, 2016 (won Honorable Mention Award).
  2. Noah Lenstra. "Connecting Local and Family History with Personal Digital Archiving: Findings from Studies in Four Midwestern Public Libraries. Personal Digital Archiving 2013, College Park, MD, February 21-22, 2013.
  3. Shameem Ahmed, Catherine Blake, Kate Williams, Noah Lenstra, and Qiyuan Liu. Identifying Claims in Social Science Literature. Fort Worth, Texas, iConference 2013, February 12-15, 2013. [received honorable mention].
  4. Noah Lenstra and Abdul Alkalimat. "Networked Cultural Heritage and Socio-Digital Inequalities: A Case Study in an African-American Community" iConference 2012, Toronto, February 7-10, 2012. [Received best paper award].
  5. Kate Williams, Noah Lenstra, Shameem Ahmed and Qiyuan Liu What is community informatics?: a global and empirical answer," iConference 2012, Toronto, February 7-10, 2012.
  6. Noah Lenstra. "The history and future of local history infrastructure: Open access and Commodification of local history in the United States and the Anglosphere." Paper presented at The 5th International Conference on Cooperation and Promotion of Information Resources in Science and Technology (COINFO10): Information Sharing in U-Era, Beijing, China, November 27-29, 2010. [Selected for Best Paper Award. Versions of paper also presented at Peking University (November 30) and Renmin University (December 1), both in Beijing].
  7. Noah Lenstra. "eBlackChampaign-Urbana: Data Curation Meets Community Informatics," Digital Curation Conference, Chicago, December 6-8, 2010.

Book Reviews

  1. Noah Lenstra, "Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America," Francois Weil, in Annals of Iowa,Spring 2014.
  2. Noah Lenstra, "Midia cidada: utopia brasileira," ed. Jose Marques de Melo; Maria Cristina Gobbi; Luciano Sathler, in The Journal of Community Informatics,special issue on Community Informatics in Brazil, 2011.
  3. Noah Lenstra, "Archives and Archivists in Twentieth Century England," Elizabeth Shepherd. in Archival Issues: the Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference, v. 32 (2010).
  4. Noah Lenstra, "What are Archives? Cultural and Theoretical Perspectives: a reader ," ed. Louise Craven. in Archival Issues: the Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference, v. 31 (2009).