DecaturNet is the result of work beginning in 1993, when an Internet Steering Committee
was formed by 45 individuals representing libraries, schools, social service agencies,
hospitals, businesses and other community organizations. Dr. Charles Hale of Millikin
University's Staley Library applied for a Library Construction and Services Act, Title III
Interlibrary Cooperation grant under the auspices of the Illinois State Library. This
grant for $75,000 was awarded in 1995, and provided the means to purchase DecaturNet's
computer and networking equipment. Other financial support was provided by Ameritech.
Significant financial and in-kind support continues to be provided by Millikin University.
The Decatur Public Library also provides ongoing financial support.
Roosevelt Middle School and the Decatur Public Library were
connected to DecaturNet in June of 1996. At the same time, the first DecaturNet Board of
Directors was named.
As a creature at the nexus of our community and the Internet, DecaturNet has found it
necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. The mission of DecaturNet,"to build a better community by fostering the development of high
quality community-based information , sharing a sustainable community based electronic
network and providing a gateway to world-wide information resources," continues
to guide DecaturNet's development.
Priorities at DecaturNet are:
- Development of a rich, relevant, current base of information to serve Decatur-Macon
- Provision of Internet Access to not-for-profit organizations
As the first two priorities are realized, DecaturNet will expand to meet additional
needs in our community, such as:
- Coordination of Internet Training for Lifelong Learners
- Hosting of forums for the discussion of local issues
DecaturNet's equipment was orginally housed at Millikin University, its
"birthplace", in Decatur, Illinois, USA. In July, 2001 the equipment was
moved to the City of Decatur's Management Information Services Division.
DecaturNet's people are located throughout Macon County, Illinois in
organizations devoted to commerce, learning, and human service.
DecaturNet Board of Directors:
- John A Moorman, Decatur Public Library, President
- David O. Cooprider, Regional Office of Education, Vice President
- Lucy Murphy, United Way, Secretary/Treasurer
- Tom Caufield, A.G. Edwards & Sons
- Charles Hale, Millikin University
- Jill Hartsock, Illinois Power
- Linda Kehart, Decatur Community Partnership
Other DecaturNet People
DecaturNet owes a debt of gratitude to scores of concerned citizens who have served in
an advisory capacity over its early and recent history. From college professors, media
experts, computer experts, and others involved in the promotion of community welfare have
come a rich array of helpful perspectives. We continue to seek such input as we develop
this project into a key resource for Macon County.
As we plan for DecaturNet, we recognize that the fulfillment of it's
mission will soon require the sustained attention of some key people. DecaturNet has grown
beyond the abilities of the dedicated volunteers who have to date nurtured it.
Consequently we look to hire paid staff for DecaturNet staff as soon as funding permits.
Decaturnet is organized as a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation. As such it does not
charge for services it performs. DecaturNet welcomes Sponsorships and Donations to help
defray the costs of its operation.
Is there more you'd like to know?
DecaturNet can be contacted by Emailing our Webmaster
or by sending postal mail to:
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523
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