This George & Joan podcast came about as a result of a conversation they had at ALA Midwinter with Gina Millsap, director of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The library acted as neutral convener of a special program that helped citizens interested in running for local offices gain a working knowledge of the political process. The library didn’t actually present the program: they brought in the folks representing all the pieces of the process to discuss how it’s all done.
In this latest edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take a look at a recent Pew Internet presentation, How libraries can survive in the new media ecosystem. As George points out, the Pew Internet & American Life Project has been around long enough gathering data that they can now identify distinct trends – which makes them a treasure trove of valuable information for libraries.