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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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Black Hills Knowledge Network at Transforming Local Government Conference, April 2013

  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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