Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 3:00pm to Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 5:00pm

MIT Media Lab, Building E15

The MIT Center for Future Civic Media will play host to Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries, an event for journalists, librarians and citizens.

Our thanks to Bill Densmore for inviting us to host this event here at the Media Lab. From the event description at Journalism That Matters...

On Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 2011, Journalism That Matters, (the American Library Association,) the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, the Media Giraffe Project at UMass Amherst the New England News Forum and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invite you to join in a work session for civic information transparency that builds from and beyond books.

Via a pre-event social network, an evening agenda-setting dialogue, a day of roundtable planning and closing action commitments, we’ll discover what’s possible at the intersection of public spaces, open documents, citizen reporting and journalistic purpose. Among the questions we may ask:

  • What might libraries do to facilitate community social news networks?
  • Must free speech be absolute within a taxpayer-supported institution?
  • How do we define the boundaries between engagement and partisanship?
  • Are libraries poised to become public-access media centers as cable fades?
  • Should a library operate a news collective, non-profit or citizen-journalism service?
  • How can libraries help preserve a free digital information commons?