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Website Coordinator

The current "Webster" of Annandale Online, Jill Bishop, has been a resident of Annandale since 1970.  She initiated the website in 1999 as the thesis project for her Master of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.

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I first got the idea to do a community website for my master's thesis project in 1997 when I took a class called "Computers in Culture."  Prior to that time I had been planning to write an ethnography of Annandale for my thesis, but a living website seemed to be more worthwhile, more useful, and more interesting.  In 1995 when I started my degree the World Wide Web was just starting to catch on, and when I learned about the Blacksburg Electronic Village, a community website in Blacksburg, Virginia, it inspired me to do something similar in Annandale. 

Creating and maintaining a community website also takes advantage of my long time interest in computers:  I have used a computer at home since 1983, I was the Bendix Elementary School Computer Coordinator until 1987, and I have been using e-mail regularly since 1993 when our oldest daughter went off to college out of state.  So Annandale Online is a convergence of my strong interests in both computers and my community.