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Hours before Government Information Liberation

This part of our journey is almost over. The images and words streaming in around the country as our national attention sharpens in anticipation of tomorrow’s event. The way people are talking — it feels like a national holiday of sorts.

I will address these issues over the next few months — continue the theme with a post liberation theme. Here are the points I will be considering

There are four ways we can do this, and I will discuss each (with a specific suggestion or two of how to approach the problem) over the next ten days.

1. How do we work within our professional associations. and with other advocacy groups, on how to better understand and collaborate with the public/non-governmental institutions responsible for creating and the several layers of civic information content and infrastructure?

2. How do we establish some kind of clear understanding of what our institutional role should be/might be in the preservation of the vast number of digital and tangible formats now used by these public institutions?

3. Can we agree on clear guidelines and expectations of what it means to effectively (and actively) promote the access and use of civic information within our communities?

4. In terms of education and professional knowledge — what are the essential skills, outlook, tools necessary to support a librarian who specializes in government information services?

See you on the Liberation Day. And after.

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