Finally found time to finish up the video from The Beyond Books conference I helped organize in April at MIT with Journalism That Matters. Really pleased how it turned out, there was great enthusiasm at The American Library Association’s #ALA11 convention in New Orleans today toward the subject of collaboration between Librarians and Journalists. Probably felt similar to the first time it was discovered that chocolate & strawberries go well together.
My colleague Mike Fancher, who has been working with the Knight Commission and The Aspen Institute on community information needs, sat on a panel with Marsha Iverson of King County Libraries, conference co-conspirator Bill Densmore from UMASS, and former ALA President and Rutgers educator Nancy Kranich.
For three centuries, in American towns large and small, two institutions have uniquely marked a commitment to participatory democracy, learning and open inquiry — our libraries and our free press. Today, as their tools change, their common missions of civic engagement and information transparency converge. Economic and technology changes suggest an opportunity for collaboration among these two historic community information centers — one largely public, one largely private. How?
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