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Jeff Ginger

Phone   630.464.0047 (cell)
217.300.1639 (office voicemail)
Websites (personal, portfolio) (work) (research)
Office Address

Illinois Informatics Institute (I3)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
1205 W Clark St.
Urbana, IL 61801


Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08.2015

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08.2006 to 08.2008, transferred

B.A., Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 05.2006

Current Employment

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, 2012-present

Academic Employment

Syllabus, assignments, lesson plans and showcases of student work available upon request.

Instructor, Informatics Minor, GSLIS, UIUC
               Web Technologies and Techniques (Fall 2010, Spring 2015)
               Continually updated to stay on top of cutting edge frameworks and standards
Instructor, Informatics Minor, Art Education, UIUC
            Makerspaces, an entirely new course team taught with Professor Tyler Denmead (Fall 2014)
            Designed and implemented two 8 week studio courses that take place in the CUC Fab Lab
            Students learn to teach a variety of rapid production, prototyping and design techniques
Instructor, Informatics Minor, GSLIS, UIUC
               The Design of Usable Information Interfaces (Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2014)
               Completely reworked the class to emphasize ethical, human and artistic factors of design
               Added updated readings, assignments, guest speakers and a field trip to the CU Fabrication Lab
Instructor, Informatics Minor and GSLIS curriculum, GSLIS, UIUC
               Programming Web Mashups (Spring 2012, Spring 2013)
               Class updated to include recent web technologies and platforms
               Emphasis on student-driven and peer-to-peer learning in a mixed studio format
Research Assistant, Center for Digital Inclusion, GSLIS, UIUC
               Designed and developed the CDI website and general GSLIS Wordpress theme
               Conducted digital literacy workshops for the UC2B high school interns
               Overseen by Sharon Irish (Summer 2012)
Teaching Assistant, LEEP, GSLIS, UIUC
               Libraries, Information and Society (Summer 2010, 2011 for Leigh Estabrook)
Teaching Assistant, Community Informatics Curriculum, GSLIS, UIUC
               Community Engagement (Spring 2011 for Abdul Alkalimat)
               Helped to provide coordination between students, community and faculty, assisted with field 
               trips and conferences, taught video production and assisted with class lecture/discussion
Teaching Assistant, Informatics Minor, GSLIS, UIUC
               Social Aspects of Information Systems (Fall 2009 for Gail Taylor, Spring 2010 for Lori Kendall)
Research Assistant, Community Informatics Initiative, GSLIS, UIUC
               IMLS grant and program evaluation research (Fall 2008-Spring 2009 for Ann Bishop)
               Provided advanced technical skills and multimedia production support
Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, UIUC
               Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2007-Spring 2008 for Heather Downs)
Social Perceptions of the Family(Spring 2007 for Ray Muhammad)
Social Research Methods(Spring 2007 for Assata Zerai)
Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator, Program on Intergroup Relations, UIUC
               Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity(Spring 2007 for Joe Minarik, Joycelyn Landrum-Brown)
               Co-facilitated with Andre Bean

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2007, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2014)


Community Informatics Club, 2008-2012

Eclectic Design and Research Group, 2011-2013

Social Informatics Reading Group, 2011-2012

Social, Community and Organizational Informatics Reading Group, 2011

GSLIS Action Group, 2011

Research Writing Group, 2010-2011

Association of Undergraduate Sociologists, 2003-2008

Beckwith Hall Training and Web Accessibility, Spring 2006

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, 2005-2008

Sexual Health Peers, 2005-2006

Avalanche, 2004-5

I was a cyberorganizer (webmaster++) for all of these organizations. See pictures in my web portfolio.

Service (Community Informatics Projects)

See organizations (above) for more information about CI Club and the Fab Lab.
CU Make, 04.2015

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, 2012-present

Community Informatics Club project overview:
Rantoul Public Library, Urbana Free Library, Champaign Public Library: Douglass Branch, 2008-present

New Hope Academy, 2012-2013

Shadow Wood Mobile Homes, 2012-2013

Tap In Leadership Academy, 2011-2012

Dorsey Family Homes (housing project, now demolished), 2011

Joseph Center (Eagle’s Nest Homeless Services), East St. Louis, 2009-2010

Independent Media Center, 2008-2011

Early American History Museum (now Museum of the Grand Prairie), Mahomet, 2009-2010

Center for Women in Transition, 2009

Katherine Dunham Archives, East St. Louis, 2008

I am also an Eagle Scout. I renovated a bird sanctuary to make it accessible again back in 2002.


CU Community Fab Lab Road Show,, numerous dates, events and locations, 2014-2015
The Digital Innovation Leadership Program (DILP), GSLIS Research Showcase, UIUC, 04.2015

Service Roles, Community Engagement and Digital Literacies: A qualitative study of Illinois Public Libraries in Underserved Communities, GSLIS Research Showcase, UIUC, 03.2014

Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab, Public Engagement Symposium, UIUC, 03.2014

The Local Fab Lab Network as Community Informatics: Avenues for LIS-oriented Inquiry, GSLIS Research Showcase, UIUC, 03.2013

Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab: Community MiniLabs, Public Engagement Symposium, UIUC, 02.2012

GSLIS Student Community Engagement 2012, Public Engagement Symposium, UIUC, 04.2012

Enabling Spatial Data Infrastructure Development: Collaboration, Supportive Web Technologies and São Tomé, iSchools iConference 2011, Seattle, 01.2011

Community Informatics Club, Public Engagement Symposium, UIUC, 04.2011

Exploring Methods in Community Informatics, iSchools iConference 2010, UIUC, 02.2010

Academic Workshops

Twidale, M., Ginger, J. Organisciak, P., Floyd, I., Smith, B. (2013). “Tech Learning Potluck” and “Design Jams in iSchools: Approaches, and examples,” iSchools iConference 2013, Fort Worth, 02.2013

Twidale, M., Ginger, J. Organisciak, P., Floyd, I. (2012). “Design Jam Session: Approaches, Challenges and Examples,” iSchools iConference 2012, Toronto, 02.2012


Ginger, J. (2015). Fab Labs: Opportunities for Education, Research, Entrepreneurship and Communities. University of Costa Rica, 04.2015.

CU Community Fab Lab Road Show,, numerous dates, events and locations, 2014-2015
Nicholson, S., Ginger, J., TBA. (2013). “Monster or Bust: Enabling Youth through 3D Modeling and Printing.” A presentation in Creating Game-Based Makerspaces, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 06.2013

Building Capacity for Innovation through a Local Community Fab Lab Network, Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, 11.2012

Fostering Digital Literacies with Storytelling in [Stop] Motion, GSLIS in a Flash, UIUC, 10.2011

The São Tomé Map Project: Empowering People through Geographic Information Systems, GIS Fair 2009, UIUC, 12.2009

Uncovering Racism on Facebook, a follow-up, a presentation to Dene Grigar’s class, DTC 475, Washington State University, Vancouver, 07.2009

Facebook and Ubiquitous Learning, HASTAC conference 2009, UIUC, 04.2009

Web2.0 Resources and the Digital Divide: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, presentation to the Mortenson Associates, UIUC, 10.2008

The Facebook Project: Social Capital and the Chief, Ethnography of the University Initiative Student Conference, UIUC, 11.2007


The Chancellor’s Public Engagement Student Fellow Award (2015) for Open-Source Makerspace Curriculum, in collaboration with The Urbana Free Library. Awarded $1500.

Department of Economic Opportunity and Commerce – Eliminate the Digital Divide (2014). Written in collaboration with Martin Wolske, Lisa Bievenue and the Center for Digital Inclusion. Awarded $106,000.
University of Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative – Enhancing Economic Development in Illinois with Digital Tech Hub Creativity Studios. In collaboration with Jon Gant, Lisa Bievenue and the Center for Digital Inclusion. Pending – requested $300,000.
City of Champaign Digital Divide Grant (2012). Written in collaboration with Reverend Nash of New Hope Academy, Champaign in collaboration with UC2B outreach operations. Awarded $3000.
Community Informatics Initiative Grant for the Institution of Museum and Library Services (2009). Assistance with reporting in collaboration with Sharon Irish.


Beyond my dissertation see (blog) and (self-publishing) for my best written academic work.
Ginger, J., McGrath, R. Barrett, B. & McCreary, V. (2012). “Mini Labs: Building Capacity For Innovation through a Local Community Fab Lab Network” Fab8nz (agenda), Wellington, New Zealand 2012
Ginger, J. (2009). “Storytelling in [Stop] Motion.” VO[I]CES, 2(1), 9. Available online at the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, IDEALS
Ginger, J. (2008). "The Facebook Project - The Missing Box: The Racial Politics Behind the Facebook Interface." Available online at the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, IDEALS.

Ginger, J. (2008). "The Facebook Project - Social Capital and the Chief." Available online at the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, IDEALS.
Ginger, J. (2008). “Digital Divide 2.0: African American Communities and Library Resources in Illinois" Available online at the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, IDEALS.
LoDolce, K., Ayad, M., Ginger, J., McCauley, S., Thompson, A., Williams, K., Jamali, B. (2008). “Prairienet and community networking: An annotated bibliography.” Available online at the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship, IDEALS.
I have no formally published papers in peer reviewed journals. A somewhat recent course paper listing is available online at

Other Work Experience

Computer/Network Technician, UIUC, Housing Division, 2003-2008

Web Designer/Developer, ROC Group Chicago (intern) and numerous University groups, 2002-2007

Technical Skills

For example work please see my portfolio.
Functional Aptitude - moderate experience and consistent use over a few years

Notable Familiarity - haven't used them in a while (or much), but could (re)learn quickly