What’s Missingin the Age of Google?Black Hills Knowledge Network PresentationBy Greta Chapman & Eric John AbrahamsonTransf...
Informing, Engaging and ConnectingCitizens and CommunitiesA partnership of area libraries and the Black Hills Area Communi...
The Changing Market forLocal Information
Content In Crisis• September 18, 2011 – The last BordersBooks and Music closes its doors.• December 31, 2012 – Newsweek st...
A Library Without Books
Is it still a zebra withoutthe stripes?
The Budget Experiment• Using your smart phone or laptop, can youfind your city’s budget for:• 2013?• 2003?
A healthy democracydepends on aninformed citizenry.Local Democracy in Crisis?
The Public Library:Knowledge Basefor Local Governmentand the Community
Serving urban and rural communities in thegreater Black Hills region the KnowledgeNetwork leverages the skills and assets ...
-News and information aggregation provides links and research folders tiedto current local issues, making it easier for po...
• Empower citizens with information so that they can be moresuccessful in their own lives and solve problems togetherwithi...
Libraries must be the InformationHub for the community• Highly skilled in organizing,managing and disseminatingcontent.• T...
Mapping YourLocal Information Ecology
www.infotoolkit.orgJohn S. and James L.Knight Foundation&Monitor Institute
Local Information,Local Data, Local Archives
Inside the Black HillsKnowledge Network
Aggregating and archivingnews and information.
Community archives enrich the conversationand connect community to place.
Grounding conversations and trackingtrends with data.
Making the Transitionto the 21stCentury Public LibraryLibraries• Capitalize on a trusted source• Deploy existing resources...
www.blackhillsknowledgenetwork.orgGreta Chapman, Director,Rapid City Public Librarygchapman@rcpl.orgEric Abrahamson, Proje...
Black Hills Knowledge Network at Transforming Local Government Conference, April 2013
Black Hills Knowledge Network at Transforming Local Government Conference, April 2013
Black Hills Knowledge Network at Transforming Local Government Conference, April 2013
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Greta Chapman and Eric Abrahamson presented on finding local information in the age of Google. Ms. Chapman is the Library Director of the Rapid City Public Libraries and Mr. Abrahamson is an economic historian and author. He is President of Vantage Point History in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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  • Guiding users to credible sources of regional information. Content sources: Government Local media Non-profits Community The BHKN want to be the local navigator so people can be informed and stay informed ----- Meeting Notes (3/27/13 15:37) ----- Databasing, organizing & synthesizing. 180 degrees.
  • Guiding users to credible sources of regional information. Content sources: Government Local media Non-profits Community The BHKN want to be the local navigator so people can be informed and stay informed
  • Guiding users to credible sources of regional information. Content sources: Government Local media Non-profits Community The BHKN want to be the local navigator so people can be informed and stay informed
  • Eric & Greta 10 m (3 min. video Ecology/Gov. Transparency) You have a handout to fill out for your communities’ information ecology as we provide the definition. First we want to show a 3 min. video on the term “ecology and transparency” So in summary: ecologies are a system of people, practices, values and technologies that focuses upon the relationship between tool, people, and their practices. An ecology responds to local environment changes scaled to the individuals involved to find ways for points of leverage, access to the system And intervention to make a difference. Infrastructure – media, internet, libraries Supply – community news and events, quality of life information, governments services and information Skills- individuals’ ability to access information, individuals’ ability to exchange information, government’s ability to exchange information Public Libraries journal states: “ If the Information ecosystem is in trouble, so is civic life . Lacking accurate and timely information, a citizenry is neither truly free nor empowered to make change. ” Libraries add value to communities from within an information ecosystem as community builders, community centers for diverse populations, lifelong learning centers, and champions for youth. Some people would argue that libraries are becoming obsolete but the information economy would dictate differently. And it is because of this information economy that libraries are places where people come to know themselves and their communities. Not only are libraries a place where the tools of the information economy are available and supported for community engagement but the information generated from those tools are aggregated and customized using the Knowledge Network model. In addition to making the tools available, this model also places Libraries as a resource for the skills in using the tools to build a well-constructed local information ecology.  
  • ----- Meeting Notes (3/27/13 15:37) ----- Urban wildlife Diigo
  • Greta – 5 min. Lead Libraries have always had a role of maintaining government information collections that makes sense. However, the internet dramatically changed how those collections evolved and in some cases not at all. Regardless of the size of government, large to small, information continues to be generated by government involving policy decisions that affect everyday lives. The difference today is those decisions are challenged by global influences and a lack of local access and understanding. The time is here that libraries are providing less print materials and for more or less libraries are not the first point of access in seeking answers to questions. But, they are the first point of access in knowing the conversations of their communities and the skill sets to facilitate centralizing the information of those conversations . Discuss of the details of the model in the slide    
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    1. 1. What’s Missingin the Age of Google?Black Hills Knowledge Network PresentationBy Greta Chapman & Eric John AbrahamsonTransforming Local Governments ConferenceApril 10, 2013
    2. 2. Informing, Engaging and ConnectingCitizens and CommunitiesA partnership of area libraries and the Black Hills Area Community Foundation withmajor funding from theJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation andthe Bush Foundation.
    3. 3. The Changing Market forLocal Information
    4. 4. Content In Crisis• September 18, 2011 – The last BordersBooks and Music closes its doors.• December 31, 2012 – Newsweek stopsprinting hard copy magazines.• January 11, 2013 – San Antonioannounces plans to open a booklesslibrary in the fall of 2013.
    5. 5. A Library Without Books
    6. 6. Is it still a zebra withoutthe stripes?
    7. 7. The Budget Experiment• Using your smart phone or laptop, can youfind your city’s budget for:• 2013?• 2003?
    8. 8. A healthy democracydepends on aninformed citizenry.Local Democracy in Crisis?
    9. 9. The Public Library:Knowledge Basefor Local Governmentand the Community
    10. 10. Serving urban and rural communities in thegreater Black Hills region the KnowledgeNetwork leverages the skills and assets oflibraries to aggregate and organize localcontent developed by government, non-profits, media, businesses and others.Black Hills Knowledge Network
    11. 11. -News and information aggregation provides links and research folders tiedto current local issues, making it easier for policymakers, journalists andcitizens to find the back story on a given issue.-Online community archive, which includes photographs and documentsrelated to the history of our communities, provides context for local issues andconnects the past and the present in a way that we hope will deepen oursense of community.-Community indicators provide data and statistics on the economy,education, health & wellness, the environment, public safety and citizenship inour region to help citizens and policymakers anchor our discussions andstrategies in real world analysis.Three Main Elements
    12. 12. • Empower citizens with information so that they can be moresuccessful in their own lives and solve problems togetherwithin their communities.• Strengthen attachments to place and community byproviding access to common sources of authoritativeinformation about the people and places of the Black Hills.• Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of localgovernment by supporting transparency and accountabilityand engagement between and among citizens andgovernment officials.• Increase cycle time of information promoting fastercommunity response to challenges and opportunities.Goals & Benefits
    13. 13. Libraries must be the InformationHub for the community• Highly skilled in organizing,managing and disseminatingcontent.• Trusted by the community asan unbiased, credible sourcefor information.• Already well-connected toinformation contentdevelopers in the communityincluding local government.• Resources are in place to dothe work.
    14. 14. Mapping YourLocal Information Ecology
    15. 15. www.infotoolkit.orgJohn S. and James L.Knight Foundation&Monitor Institute
    16. 16. Local Information,Local Data, Local Archives
    17. 17. Inside the Black HillsKnowledge Network
    18. 18. Aggregating and archivingnews and information.
    19. 19. Community archives enrich the conversationand connect community to place.
    20. 20. Grounding conversations and trackingtrends with data.
    21. 21. Making the Transitionto the 21stCentury Public LibraryLibraries• Capitalize on a trusted source• Deploy existing resources• Build off agendas & minutes• Collaborate to aggregate– Enlist local govt. departments• Digitize reports• Compile historicalresources– Create content pages– Market to those who careGovernment• Engage citizens in the policydebate• Meet the growing expectation foraccess to information
    22. 22. www.blackhillsknowledgenetwork.orgGreta Chapman, Director,Rapid City Public Librarygchapman@rcpl.orgEric Abrahamson, Project Director,Black Hills Knowledge Networkeric@blackhillsknowledgenetwork.org

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