On his podcast, Midwest Media Now, my brother Sean interviewed Karen Kring and Frances Roehm from Skokie, Illinois. They maintain an online, library project SkokieNet. It’s an online community bulletin board of sorts. Skokie residents are encouraged to submit stories, photos and events.
Karen and Frances aim to help connect the community and create a historical written and photo record for the residents of Skokie.
With electronic gadgets changing the traditional role of the local library, I wonder if Karen and Frances have hit upon a useful experiment that other libraries should try out. I view this as something that could fill the niche of the community newspaper with a more open source approach.