The Knight Commission released its reportÂ Informing Communities:Â Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age on Friday, October 2, 2009.Â The Report and Discussion are available at:Â http://www.report.knightcomm.org/.Â Knight encourages participation in the national dialogue on the Commission’s recommendations by discussing the report and joining the Healthy Community Forum. Â
The Report includes three categories of findings and recommendations:
1.Â Â Â Â Maximizing the Availability of Relevant and Credible Information
2.Â Â Â Â Enhancing the Information Capacity of Individuals
3.Â Â Â Â Promoting Public Engagement
According to the Commission, â€œThe questions America faces at this point in its information history, however, go beyond questions of strategy to questions of values. The Knight Commission has recommended a series of strategies that, in various ways, exhort our major public and nonprofit institutions to give new priority to values of openness, inclusion, and engagement. The values questions posed are equally profound, however, for individual citizens and for the institutions of the media.â€
The commissionâ€™s recommendation regarding libraries, include:
Americaâ€™s libraries need sufficient funding to serve as centers for information, training, and civic dialogue. Public libraries are located in nearly all communities in the United States. Most of them are wired for Internet service. Nearly all offer public Internet, and almost three quarters are the only providers of free public computer and Internet access in their communities.