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