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  • JTM 5:31 pm on April 13, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: access, , , libraries, , ownership, public, social contract, sustainability   

    How should we redefine “public” and “access” to facilitate new media literacies? 

    Session Hosts: Lauren Britton Smedley and Rory Solomon

    Amy Ryan, Debbie Walter, Amy Radermacher, Jorge Schement, Jeanine Finn, Jessica Smith, Jen Gilomen, Khara Whitney-Marsh, Dana Walker, Katie Ingersoll, Eileen McAdam, Michelle Fellows, Kevin O’Kelly, Karen Perry, Tom Lowenhaupt, Alan Inouye, Denise L McIver, Jack Brighton

    1.) How do you define public: Internet not strong public space, non-commercial space and civic space analog on cyber space as citizen, right to exist
    2.) How to provide access to a truly public space? Harness the unique public-ness of public libraries
    3.) How can collaboration foster access for different people in community? How can we come together to provide access? Challenge to go out in community and engage

    Does the internet and new media allow for more equitable access to create/consume?
    Nicholas Carr: what is reliable information
    Bias of medium moving in a different direction, there is an inherent bias. We have seen a change from linear to multi directional–not one path: web structure.

    Unique perspectives and what can come out of creation: databroadcaster.com, similar to flicker but for audio stories: public access to stories

    Journalist and librarians talking about access
    Functional access:

    • Connectivity*
    • Capability*: skills to make something
    • Content*: consumed and able to produce or they aren’t participating
    • Context*: communities are different, context must be taken into account
    • Access must be meaningful*

    Context Example: *Prairienet* (webhosting, providing computers, bringing things to people instead of making them come to library), provide training partnership between community, library, school
    Ownership: to be functional requires *social contract* — participants need to understand and agree to terms, not static, evolve over time
    Knowing how to use the tools not just providing them-how did past models succeed?

    Natural partnerships
    Hard to maintain public access, a million models of doing the ‘good work’ to do well in a sustainable way and truly get your target demographic: challenging for public libraries to maintain public access
    Looking at systems 100Million in stimulus.: digital literacy, computers—is there a way to capitalize on what’s already here to create new engagement and create new business models to create sustainability
    Is there a way to push back against corporations/facebook in defence of public space?

    Restrictions based on economic interests: what is a public library
    Renegotiating the social contract of public libraries: libraries are underfunded, not level-funding.
    Outcry comes from small groups people who want to keep library as it always has been. Amy from BPL: Frequently hear “in the past” & “when my kids were young” have not allowed ourselves to expand our thinking of public libraries. Nostalgia is our biggest enemy: engage the next generation
    How do we foster the ‘curl up and read’ with new technologies: how do we build a 21st century library?

    We’re here because we care about the present and future of democracy. Democracy functions best when there is constant exchange of information. Many institutions have developed to allow for exchange of information but only two still functioning that visualized the user as a consumer—libraries and journalism. The alternative model, exchange networks, are thriving. What can we learn from them?

    A library as a place to create enabling people to engage/ access just the beginning, it is the start of a conversation
    *Key isn’t library but librarians!!* Information navigators—help facilitate civic engagement, get community to come together to teach each other—*not just a gatekeeper librarian but a coach, a navigator*.
    Is there a way that journalists can come in to teach basic civic journalism, create stories

    FCC: Future of Media Report recommended to include (won’t be in final report however):idea to develop a set of guidelines for libraries taking a stronger role in news in communities.
    library has newspapers on shelf, can you go to a public library and get a list of local blogs—a “place about place”, here is a place to get all the information about your community
    different levels depending on library—list everything or go further and include public notices, next step to take listing and to add academic rigor
    provide assessment regarding the caliber of the reporting not the thought
    teach to use info skills. The next step is media/news generation but we aren’t doing the first one yet.
    Librarians are experts in their community and they aren’t expanding this knowledge. A lot of library myth and there is a gap: stepping more broadly into community news and information

    LOCAL!! find gaps that provide perspective: do we have the right news/information: gap in local accountability relating to news.

    look at the community news outlets in area that are already providing service.
    The Knight Commission published a toolkit for evaluating information ecology.
    Perhaps librarians and local journalists should review together.

    Another case / example
    Remember the video about the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse from Peter Shane’s “Information Stories” videos yesterday? (http://www.youtube.com/user/InfoStories#p/u/10/QuKyUCQdg8A)
    In this example, the community journalists pulled in images from flickr: what do people think about this? For example as it relates to ownership? Posting images becomes point of source/record—library as public repository, host in a public way
    persistence of access
    wikimedia commons

    What is sustainable?

    Boston library uses flickr as hosting site for images, but keeps source images

    Internet not public space, more like a mall: option for debate
    Digital Library of America: what does access mean? what does public mean?

    Not just making something new: getting people to use tools—there are tools available, must be infrastructure, money required to sustain access
    Examine unexplored space


    (1) We did not quite reach a consensus about the public vs. private commons question. Especially as it relates to sustainability. What can we count on? Can we factor in open standards and open source tools here? What about things like wikimedia commons and etc

    (2) Can pubic access go further? To support and expand communities. New notions of literacy including digital media, which implies the ability to create as well as to consume. Local, community, accountability.


  • JTM 2:08 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: biblionews, civic, , engagement, journalism, jtm, librarians, libraries, , MIT, news   

    What would happen if Beyond Books forged a consensus statement on libraries, journalism and participatory democracy? 

    From an “action step” session, the notes are in a blog post:

    The session was called by Nancy Kranich

    • Marsha Iverson 1:44 pm on April 17, 2011 Permalink

      A consensus statement between libraries and journalists could be the foundation for collaborations in communities across the country, providing inspiration, guidelines and models for engaging neighborhood conversations on critical issues.

      By bringing together community members with journalists in libraries, such conversations, could become a model for civic engagement, dialog and discussions essential to a lively democracy. Starting now, communities can develop and implement effective programs to encourage informed participation in the 2012 elections at all levels, from local school and fire districts to state and national offices.

  • Bill Densmore 1:41 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: citizen journalism, immigrants, innovation, libraries,   

    How can we engage underserved communities to understand their information needs, create knowledge, increase social capital and strengthen the institutions committed to both?

    Melody Ng, Allison Payne, Colin Wilkins, Andrew White, Linda Fantin, Tom Stites, Louis Battelen, Christine , Leigh Montgomery, Jen Gilomen, Tina Cheng, Amy Radermacher, Celeste Bruno, Thomas Lowenhaupt, Barbara Zang, Colin Rhinesmith, Nancy Picchi, Jorge Schement.
    Linda Fantin, of PIN, Moderator

    How do we get new voices and new stories into the fold?
    How do we put some creativity to what those information needs are?
    How to be more proactive in order to get some social capital involved with this? ‘We struggle with this.’

    At a library or news organization, sometimes ‘we’ve had a little coffee / dessert / meet and greet to hear what issues come out.’

    Discussion about what constitutes ‘underserved’ meaning: isn’t that anyone that’s not at the table?
    ‘Lot of Spanish media, lot of ethnic media, specialized publications.’ Is the underserved – us?
    Maybe we should listen more carefully?

    Thomas Lowenhaupt mentioned that .nyc will be a top level domain, and there is a new wiki to launch to cover the 352 neighborhoods of New York City. He said that May 21 is Bike Week and people can take their Android phone, ride it around the perimeter of their neighborhood, and define and tag it that way.

    Some attendees said that access to technology was not universal; that many people still don’t have a smartphone, or live in rural areas, or are recent immigrants.

    From the library side: ‘There are teen advisory boards at libraries’ that advise on what they would like to see. Perhaps this could be done with other demographic groups?

    ‘Little Bill Clinton’ multimedia series in the Christian Science Monitor mentioned – profile of middle school student Bill Clinton Hadam, family were refugees from Ghana who moved to Georgia where Bill went to a charter school. Way to discuss refugees, education, put attention on people that might not be as visible.

    Librarian from Oakland mentioned ‘East Side Stories’ which were video profiles of people who lived in that neighborhood. Another mentioned a program at a library in Brooklyn with video interviews conducted by teens.

    Someone mentioned the library as an art gallery for immigrant communities – exposing people to their neighbors they might not be aware of. Art or events can be ‘genuine opportunities to bring people together.’

    Linda mentioned contacting ‘decision leaders – people that are paid to go to meetings, they can have some of the best kept secrets in the community.’

    Resources: ALA has a program, grant supported? to provide funding to bring in speakers to speak on subjects such as citizenship issues.

    Pain points include writing grants, that it is a cumbersome application process that can take two people.

    Someone from the BPL said there are community meetings in certain branches that are more formal in their mission such as civic education, since that was something that many people said that they wanted to see. Civic education is being planned in programming and interactions with different groups.

    Public media is always looking for partners – especially so in current climate – possibility for jointly developed projects.

    Jorge mentioned that libraries realized about 20 years ago that it should be about ‘engagement over content.’ that it isn’t what you have in your library but how people are using and engaging with it. Media just realizing this now.

    Colin mentioned – what if the stories were more about what was working – ‘appreciative journalism.’
    Like the stories about the heroes of Juarez, Mexico.

    Also mentioned: DOK in the Netherlands, http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/886170-264/whats_your_story_dutch_library.html.csp recognized as one of the most innovative libraries in the world, with community-focused technology, spackes where you could tell your story, touch screens to browse these, and a ‘heritage browser.’

    Other innovations:

    Skokienet.org at the Skokie, IL public library
    PIN – trying to make a firehose into a stream
    Reading of a novel, ‘Oaktown Devils’ by a newly-published author who was a janitor at the library in West Oakland, CA
    Partnering with local historical societies


    Media literacy is a growing concern, but there’s a perception gap as to what’s known.
    We need to tap into the ‘community knowledge’ more.
    Librarians are assuming more of the functions of journalism.

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