[Videolib] Resisting Abridgment: Librarianship as Media Reform

From: Rubin, Nan <RubinN@thirteen.org>
Date: Sat Sep 19 2009 - 11:29:09 PDT

Something supporting those of us who actually straddle the different
universes of media reform and libraries!

Nan Rubin

Nan Rubin, Project Director
Preserving Digital Public Television
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Resisting Abridgment: Librarianship as Media Reform
Caroline M. Nappo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, cnappo2@illinois.edu

Media reform is a vital component for sustaining public access to
information, and supports libraries in fulfilling their mission as what
educator Robert D. Leigh termed "a public agency of communication,". In
many ways, the struggles for media democracy are waged side by side with
those of librarians. Like media activists, librarians are deeply
concerned about issues related to information production, dissemination,
and access. In this article, the author will describe how American
librarianship complements a democratic media system and will provide
examples of how libraries have played a key role in providing public
access to independent media (i.e., alternative, noncorporate, or small
press) in print and electronic formats. Finally, considering the
interdependency of their goals and interests, the author wishes to
advocate for greater collaboration between the media reform movement and
library activists.

Key Words: librarians * media discourse * collaboration * information *
social activism

This version was published on October 1, 2009

Journal of Communication Inquiry, Vol. 33, No. 4, 413-423 (2009)
DOI: 10.1177/0196859909340317

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