INVITATION: Free public workshop on librarian-journalist collaboration, April 27, Marlborough, Mass.

PUBLIC, LIBRARIANS, JOURNALISTS INVITED TO HEAR EXAMPLES, SHARE IDEAS FOR
COLLABORATION ON COMMUNITY INFO NEEDS, AT APRIL 27 WORKSHOP IN MARLBOROUGH

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England librarians and journalists will have an
opportunity to share examples and ideas for collaboration, and learn about
two experiments that could uniquely serve community information needs,
during an April 27 one-day seminar.

"Common Goals: New Projects, New Ideas for Connecting Libraries, News and
Communities," is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27, 2012 at
the Massachusetts Library System's Marlborough Office at 225 Cedar Hill
Road, Suite 229 in Marlborough, MA 01752.

The event is jointly organized by the Massachusetts Library System, the
New England Newspaper & Press Association and Journalism That Matters.
It.s aimed at librarians and news professionals, but the public is also
welcomed.

Free registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/biblionews

"The web is helping converge some of the tools for achieving the
historically overlapping goals of public literacy, government
transparency, citizen free speech and participation," says Bill Densmore,
a director of Journalism That Matters and director of the New England News
Forum at UMass Amherst. "Both are becoming community information
services."

Densmore says organizers hope librarians and journalists with stories of
ongoing successful collaborations -- and ideas for new-media approaches
that involve media, libraries and government -- will come April 27 and
share those stories.

After informal introductions, the 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. program will include
short presentations on two projects just getting underway:

-- The Banyan Project's news co-operative for the "news desert" of
Haverhill, Mass., closely aligned with the Haverhill Public Library.
Presenters: Carol Verny, Haverhill library director and Tom Stites, a
veteran journalist and Banyan's founder/CEO.

-- The National Civic Communications Corp., a community-information
initiative of Tufts University and a Woburn, Mass.-based nonprofit, Social
Capital Inc. Director David Crowley will explain how the San Antonio,
Texas, library is collaborating at one of three test locations.


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