Check it out: Meeting of journalists, librarians

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Indiana newspaper professionals are invited to a discussion-style workshop, “Librarians and Journalists: Champions of Freedom.”

The event Monday, Nov. 12, precedes the Indiana Library Fed­eration’s annual conference.

It will be conducted at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch provided.

Organizers seek to bring Indiana librarians and journalists together to talk about the common values, opportunities and challenges of the two professions and to create agendas on which they can work together to provide information to a democratic society.

To get the discussion going, two leaders will speak briefly to initiate conversations among the participants.

Conversations will be in the world café style, with four or five participants at each table and then each rotating off to other tables to begin additional conversations. There will be opportunities for individuals to speak to the whole group and for participants to propose cooperative action agendas.

Both leaders have been involved in previous events bringing together librarians and journalists.

Nancy Kranich, an advocate for the public’s right to know, is a former president of the American Library Association and presently is a part-time lecturer in the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.

Bill Densmore is a career journalist who has become a consultant and researcher on the future of journalism and is also a founding member and director of Journalism That Matters.

Registration is $45 for Indiana Library Federation members and $60 for non-members. Registration opens in late July.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Indiana Library Federation sponsors the event.

For more information, visit www.ilfonline.org/championsoffreedom or contact Evan Davis of the Allen County Public Library and formerly the Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) at edavis@acpl.info or (260) 421-1215.

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