School Newspapers

March 4, 2007 § Leave a comment

Here’s a brief article called “The Internet Goes Local” that I wrote for the Reporter, the University at Buffalo newspaper. It’s part of a column called Electronic Highways that my colleagues here in the library contribute to each week.

Speaking of school newspapers… In a post from the Center for Citizen Media blog called “Why Are College Papers Being Read?” Dan Gillmore writes:

“College newspapers are relentlessly local. They cover essentially one thing — the school where they are based — and they often do it well”

Cover one thing well, be relentlessly local — sound like good advice for libraries? Libraries, the argument goes, do not have the luxury of being able to focus on one thing — they must cover the local and the global. But I think there’s room for libraries to better align themselves with their local users (their neighborhood, their school) by focusing more on the local immediate needs their communities.

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