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Civic networking in the United States: A report by Columbia University students

R. Kathleen Molz ((rkm2 @, faculty advisor for the workshop project and is currently the professor of public affairs in the School of International and Public Affairs at the Columbia University.)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 December 1994



During the 1994 spring semester, twelve students, enrolled in Columbia University′s graduate program in public policy and administration and explored the new phenomenon of civic networking for a workshop in applied public policy analysis. Each workshop is required to be sponsored by a governmental client, which in this case was the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The commission was interested in ascertaining the range of activities sponsored by the networks and in determining their involvement or lack of involvement with local public libraries. Participating in this project were representatives of twenty‐four civic networks, who answered telephone queries covering a range of topics dealing with network services, users, goals, funding, governance, technical design, social benefits, government information provision, evaluation, and definition. This paper summarizes the findings of the students′ investigation.



Kathleen Molz, R. (1994), "Civic networking in the United States: A report by Columbia University students", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 52-62.




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