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BiblioNews.org -- Beyond Books: News, Literacy and Democracy and America's Libraries

Cambridge, Mass. (Boston), April 6-7, 2011 at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media

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What have groups come up with?

  • Four basic pillars that journalists and librarians can embrace to build news communities: Sharing with each other, sharing what we've learned; 2) facilitating, look for ways that both institutions can help conversations to grow (3) involving, reach out to diverse groups, not just different political views, but different languages and cultures (4) Enabling people to find their voice -- that's a core goal -- enabling other people to tell their stories. Libraries as a purveyer of knowledge -- what they do now is help other people to be the sources.
  • Some key words -- public, mission, collaboration, engagement, funding, leadership, information, access, mission.
  • Fast food, chicken dinner -- explanation: Chicken-dinner stories. We want to do chicken dinner stories, but fast-food chicken dinner stories -- use technology to give it to them in real time.
  • To confront preconceptions and challenge misconceptions we have about each other as journalists and librarians.
  • How can journalists and librarians support each other? Use our own networks of contacts and expertise, access, make sense of information and act on it responsibly. Find funding as partners together.
  • Successful librarians are doing journalism. Make people comfortable enough to share their stories, give them a reason that is in their best interest and make it findable.
  • One size doesn't fit all. EVery community will have a different way of making journalism more acceptable and collaborating with journalists. A virtual community doesn't replace an actual community. Find creative ways to support and collaborate with each other toward the common ground we are continually discovering.
  • Individual librarians and journalists might be skeptical about the other's contribution. But there are real examples of value created. Need to create more connective tissue between the two -- more brokering organizations.
  • Two institutions have a desire to share information around a communities history and sense of identity.
  • Spoke of the values that each culture represents at the core of the profession. Although there are differences there is room for coherence. Engagement must rest on respect, collaboration. Suggestions small-scale experiments>
  • Librarians leaving libraries to develop and maintain open and equal relationships in the community so people don't always have to come to the library; also look at what other people are doing. Look at smaller projects going on. What principles can be learned rather than getting stuck on developing principles and not getting to activity.
  • Hashed out the idea of librarians amd media convening community in a commons, where we can collaborate and promote critical thinking in an environment where we trust the storytellers and give voice to all.
  • Do something now -- don't wait for answers, start with questions, trust participants, get to know each other's realities, use innovative models, if you have a good one, share it.
  • The reality of the commonalities is unclear.
  • Talked about library space, physical and otherwise, words which came to mind were pubs and water parks -- people feel good and come together for comon cause. Libraries should be a multi-use community space that engages and inspires. There is value to making library more participatory.
  • Find or seek out workplaces regardless of attitude, perceptions or fears. Don't wait for a better situation to come along. Strike a balance between serving existing users and bring in new ones.
  • Newstrust.net will hold a citizen news literacy workshop at the public library
  • Six points: Remember that truth is stranger than fiction 2) each library creates onw future (3) authenticity is trust (4) (MISSED THIS) (5) active listening for everyone (6) conferences should weave in a walk in the fresh air in the park.
  • By keeping conversation going between librarians and journalists can build respect, reframe points of view.