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

    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.

  • Leigh Montgomery 1:18 pm on April 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , research, storytelling, teens   

    Session: How to encourage young people -… 

    Session: How to encourage young people – or anyone – to develop a news persona?

    Renee Hobbs, Alison Payne, Lara Tewes, Jordan Eschler, Nancy Kranick, Andrew White
    Leigh Montgomery, Moderator

    The greatest opportunity and threat to the news is young people reading it. How are young people developing their persona in an era when it is personal, digital, and vast?

    TA in the group – said students come to the computer lab, open their Facebook pages, and read the news their friends post. Discussion of whether they were posting responsible things or just for social currency. Some mentioned that many said that the first they had heard about the Japan earthquake was through Facebook. ‘Being first’ is important as far as posting information.

    Discussed research of young people and what kind of news they liked – small sample but unsurprising, they liked sports, humor, and stories that gave ‘a sense of hope.’

    Renee Hobbs thought this was like the Oprah effect and one reason why she is so admired. ‘What if news were a place of inspiration?.’

    One participant mentioned her son, an avid video game enthusiast to the point where he wants to design games – but got very interested in sociology after a class in high school. Does truth, authenticity, ‘the real story,’ about ‘real lives’ matter the most?

    Discussion about research skills lacking in students – as well as writing – that they’ve never written a five-page essay. What can be done to let them discover more of the news and bring them into the ‘news tent.?’

    We discussed the power of stories and the magic in a well-told – or deeply personal, unique story. Getting people to the point where they feel comfortable to tell theirs is key.

    Libraries are a neutral ground for this.


    Appreciating stories
    Listening – as important as telling
    Sharing your own story
    Contribute to the conversation and bring others in – let them know they’re invited in. They might not otherwise know.

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