@Eric Hellman, Will Denton, Michelle, Karen Coyle, etc.

I REALLY want to have this conversation AND the post election statement conversation in person en masse at C4L2017. C4L does plenty of socializing stuff, but I believe that it's time for us to come together during "official" conference time to kind of think, talk and write about how we want to (or don't) identify as a community.

I'm willing moderate if no one else wants to but I just feel like WE NEED TO TALK WITH each other, rather than e-mail AT each other. There's been some very thought provoking topics here recently.

Thoughts anyone?
Christina (Who Are You? I really wanna know.) Salazar 

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Eric Hellman
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Post-election reflections for Code4Lib

I'm sure we've all read articles about the fake news that circulates in an information environment anchored by social media, and the relation of that information environment to the election.

Libraries are participants in this new information enviroment, so I have some questions.

1. Do libraries understand the algorithms and metadata that guide search results and suggestions in the services they provide? Do these algorithms reproduce biases in our society?
2. Are libraries provide compelling enough services to be meaningful and reliable participants in public discourse?
3. When libraries connect their services to social networks (for example with a Facebook "Like" button) are they making user's the information environment better or worse?
4. With many users fearing a more authoritarian state, are libraries providing services that are safe from surveillance by commercial or government entities?

Eric Hellman
President, Free Ebook Foundation
twitter: @gluejar