What if you could record your podcast at your local library, for free? In British Columbia, the Vancouver Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial let you do just that. And much more. Both libraries provide studio space, tools and instruction for creating podcasts, radio, videos and other forms of community media. But there’s more to it than that.
Sam Mills from Vancouver Public Library and Sarah Felkar from the West Vancouver Public Library explain how their libraries help people be digital media creators, not just consumers. They also detail how just about any library can help you be a better media maker, lending assistance with starting your podcast or YouTube channel, selecting equipment, and doing research on topics for your show.
This focus on media making signals a shift in how libraries interact with communities. We expand on this conversation with Ellen Knutson, who specializes in community engagement in her work as a research associate with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois. We talk about different ways in which libraries are not just building partnerships, but becoming part of community. It’s something that also applies to community media.
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