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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2014.
Dissertation: The Social Shaping of Cloud Computing: An Ethnography of Infrastructure in East St. Louis, Illinois
Committee: Christian Sandvig (advisor), Linda C. Smith, Dan Schiller, Rayvon Fouché
Area: social and community informatics

M.A., Media Arts, Emerson College, May 2008.
Area: media studies

B.A. magna cum laude, Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, September 2005.
Area: media studies


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Social and community informatics, infrastructure studies, telecommunications and information policy, ethnography of information and communication technology.


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2012-2014 Teaching Assistant, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2012-2013 Instructor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2009-2010 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English and Media Studies, Bentley University, Waltham, MA.


FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2014 University Fellowship, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2013 Conference Travel Award, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2013 Lois Wells Irwin Fellowship, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2013 Featured Presentation Award, Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

2012 "Sowing Seeds" (Grant Award No. 12-621008), Co-author with Dr. Jon Gant, Dr. Martin Wolske, Dr. Sharon Irish, Brant Houston, and Pam Dempsey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an "Eliminate the Digital Divide" grant funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ($117,187).

2012 Digital Media and Learning Research Associates Summer Institute Fellow, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft Research New England, Cambridge, MA.

2012 Research Scholar, Center for Digital Inclusion, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2011 Adjunct Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

2011 Best Paper Award, Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy.

2011 Google Policy Fellow, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

2010 Information in Society Fellow, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2010 Buske Leadership Award, Alliance for Community Media International Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA.


PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Wolske, M., Rhinesmith, C., & Kumar, B. (2014). Community Informatics Studio: Designing Experiential Learning to Support Teaching, Research, and Practice. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 55(2), 166-177.

Rhinesmith, C. (2012). Free Library Hot Spots: Supporting Broadband Adoption in Philadelphia's Low-Income Communities. International Journal of Communication, 6, 2529-2554.

Edited Journal Issues

Rhinesmith, C. (Ed.) (2010). Meeting Community Media Challenges. Community Media Review, 33(3). (invited guest editor.)

Book Chapters

Rhinesmith, C. (2011). Community Media in the Digital Age. In T. Scholz (Ed.), Learning Through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy (195-202). New York, NY: Institute for Distributed Creativity.

Work in Preparation

Rhinesmith, C. (in preparation). Community Media Infrastructure as a Civic Technology. In E. Gordon & P. Mihailidis (Eds.), The Civic Media Reader. MIT Press. (invited.)


REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Rhinesmith, C. (2014, November). "The Social Shaping of Cloud Computing: An Ethnography of Infrastructure in East St. Louis, Illinois." Paper accepted to the 77th Annual Association for Information Science and Technology Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Rhinesmith, C. (2013, November). "From Paper to the Cloud: The Social Informatics of Information Boundaries in Human Services." Paper presented to the 9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium at the 76th Annual Association for Information Science and Technology Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Wolske, M., Rhinesmith, C., Archer, J., Bayci, E., Leuzinger, R., & McKeever, L. (2013, February). "Community Informatics Studio: A Model of Information Scholarship in Action." Poster presented to the iConference 2013, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

Wolske, M., & Rhinesmith, C. (2013, January). "Community Informatics Studio: Designing Experiential Learning to Support Teaching, Research, and Practice." Paper presented to the 2013 Association for Library and Information Science Education Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA. (selected as a "Featured Presentation" based on reviewers' scores and comments)

Rhinesmith, C. (2012, April). "Free Library Hot Spots: Redefining Broadband Adoption in Philadelphia's Low-Income Communities." Paper presented to the Defining and Measuring Meaningful Broadband Adoption academic workshop at the New America Foundation, Washington, D.C., USA.

Kehoe, A., & Rhinesmith, C. (2011, November). "Developing a Quantitative Measure of Information Inequality: A Work In Progress." Paper presented to the Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy.

Kehoe, A., Wolske, M., & Rhinesmith, C. (2011, November). "Disentangling Measurement in Community Informatics." Paper presented to the Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy.

Rhinesmith, C., Wolske, M., & Kehoe, A. (2011, November). "Measuring the Impact of Citizen Journalism: A Study of Community Newsrooms in North Champaign and East St. Louis, Illinois." Paper presented to the Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy. (awarded best paper)

Rhinesmith, C. (2011, March). "Your News, Your Lens: Alternative Journalism and Public Access Television." Paper presented to the Media Interventions Division at the 9th Annual Cultural Studies Association Meeting. Chicago, Illinois, USA.


INVITED TALKS

"The Social Shaping of Human Services Technology." March 13, 2014. LIS 202, Social Aspects of Information and Communication Technology. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

"Information Policy in the Broadband Age: An Asset-Based Approach." April 17, 2012. LIS 590 IP, Information Policy. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

"Building Gigabit Communities: High Speed Broadband in Champaign-Urbana and Philadelphia," with Jon Gant (GSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), October 28, 2011. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

"Beyond the Library Walls: Community Hot Spots," with Hedra Packman, Khaleef Aye, and Jenn Donsky (Free Library of Philadelphia), October 4, 2011. Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, State College, PA.

"Fostering Citizen Journalism in Your Community," with Laurie Cirivello (Grand Rapids Community Media Center) and Ron Cooper (Access Sacramento), July 27, 2011. Alliance for Community Media International Conference, Tucson, AZ.

"Community Media: Practice, Policy, and Research in the Broadband Age," June 17, 2011. LIS 490 ST, Community Informatics Studio. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

"Building Community Through Broadband Media," Chair with Tiffany Bosley (CAN TV), Adriana Gallardo (Radio Arte), Frances Roehm (Skokie Public Library), and Ethan Michaeli (We the People Media/Residents Journal). April 23, 2011. eChicago 2011: Democracy, Diversity, and the Digital, Chicago, IL.

"Citizen Journalism," with Sean McLaughlin (Access Humboldt), Rick Edmonds (The Poynter Institute), and moderated by Steve Lobel (Clackamas County Government Channel), October 1, 2010. National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2013- Investigator, The Informatization of Community-Based Services in East St. Louis, Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Dr. Linda C. Smith.

2012-2013 Investigator, Learning Through Digital Media in East St. Louis, Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Dr. Christian Sandvig.

2011-2012 Investigator, Comparative Case Study Analysis of Broadband Adoption in Community Media Organizations, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Dr. Jon Gant.

2007-2008 Research Assistant, The Digital Lyceum, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA. Under Dr. Eric Gordon and John Craig Freeman.

2007 Research Assistant, The Place of Social Media, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA. Under Dr. Eric Gordon.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant, Social Aspects of Information and Communication Technology (undergraduate) [+]

Summer 2013, Teaching Assistant, Libraries, Information, and Society (graduate)

Spring 2013, Co-Instructor, Introduction to Networked Information Systems (graduate) [+]

Spring 2013, Co-Instructor, Community Informatics Studio (graduate)

Spring 2013, Teaching Assistant, Social Aspects of Information and Communication Technology (undergraduate)

Fall 2012, Co-Instructor, Community Informatics Studio (graduate)

Spring 2012, Teaching Assistant, Social Aspects of Information and Communication Technology (undergraduate)

Department of English and Media Studies, Bentley University

Spring 2009, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, Adjunct Lecturer, Introduction to Video Production (undergraduate)

[+] = Recipient of the teaching award "University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students" for this class.


SERVICE

Departmental Service

2013-2014 Ph.D. Representative, Curriculum Committee (Graduate School of Library and Information Science).

2012- Research Scholar, Center for Digital Inclusion (Graduate School of Library and Information Science).

2011- Researcher, Center for People and Infrastructures (Coordinated Science Laboratory).

2010-2011 Researcher, Project on Public Policy and Advanced Communication Technology (Coordinated Science Laboratory).

2010-2011 Consultant, C-U CitizenAccess (College of Media).

Public and Other Service

2011 Member, Digital Inclusion Network, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.

2010- Affiliate, Media Policy Initiative, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.

2006-2008 Board Member, Action Coalition for Media Education, Albuquerque, NM.

2006-2007 Board Member, Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge, MA.


RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010 Community Media and Technology Manager, Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge, MA.

2008-2010 Community Media Coordinator, Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge, MA.

2006-2007 Digital Media Producer, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.

2005-2006 Staff Assistant, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Library Association (ALA)

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)


REFERENCES

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