Wednesday, September 03, 2008

hmm, where are the librarians?

How come the interesting forums always happen while I'm at work? The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy is holding the first in a series of public forums over in Mountain View, and I'm wondering, why aren't there any librarians on the agenda? I hope there will be a few in the audience.

Sometimes it feels like us library folks aren't making friends with the right people...


At 6:00 AM, Anonymous Jessica Hahn said...

Heidi, the role that libraries play in a community's "information ecosystem" is an important one that the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy is considering, and we would love for librarians to attend the public forum and share their insights. Please just RSVP by end of day Sept 5th to or (202) 736-5818. Thanks for calling your readers attention to this opportunity!

At 7:47 AM, Blogger petermshane said...

Let me echo Jessica's comments. One member of the Knight Commission, Donna Nicely, is director of the Nashville Public Library and former chair of the board of the Metropolitan Libraries Council -- and the Commission quite definitely regards libraries as key actors in the information environments of local communities. The forums have taken the provision of daily news and information as a major focus. But, having librarians in attendance not only at the Silicon Valley forum, but also in forums in Philadelphia (September 27) and Missoula, MT (October 25) can very much enrich our understanding of how libraries' roles are evolving in an era of transformation in the information sector.


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