Report: “Public Libraries May Turn The Page For Colorado City’s News Desert”
He [Scott Converse, founder of the Longmont Observer] called the Community Information Cooperative learned that there’s a type of special district that’s actually really common in Colorado. They’re for libraries. And what are libraries, he says, if not nonpartisan, nonprofit sources of trusted information chock full of some of the nation’s best information ninjas?
“Librarians are badasses. You do not mess with the librarian,” he says. Try to ban a book, says Converse, and you’ll run into serious trouble.
“And that’s because they believe in the freedom of information,” [Scott] Converse says. “They have more legal protections than just about any other entity on the planet for protecting information.”
They’re also nonpartisan, nonprofit and community-driven, he adds, “What better place to put a newsroom?”
Converse dreams of the library housing not just a staff of local journalists, but also tools for citizen journalists to cover their community, like a makerspace for news.
“Never shushed anyone in a library in my life, don’t plan to start,” says Longmont Library director Nancy Kerr, as she walks through the lobby on a weekday morning. The library is gently bustling with residents looking through books on display and kids picking up prizes for summer reading.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.