Libraries, the Public Sphere, and Democracy 2.0

I recently learned that the extended abstract I submitted to “Networking Democracy: New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics’ Symposium” has been accepted. The conference is going to be held at the Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania at the end of June. Needless to say, I am very excited. My presentation is titled the same as this blog post, Libraries, the Public Sphere, and Democracy 2.0. Like all good things, there is a downside. Now that my abstract has been accepted, I have to write a paper that is up to 7,000 words long.

While I am knowledgeable about the subject (especially the “Libraries” part) there is still a lot of research I need to do for this paper. I remember back in graduate school I was asked to make annotated bibliographies for some of the papers I wrote. I am going to do this as I do my research, along with taking out a few of the quotes I may want to use. Typically when I have done this in the past I used my favorite text editor. However this time there is going to be a twist. With this post I am creating a new blog category, democracy2.0. I will be posting my annotated bibliography (and related notes) as I research and prepare my paper on this blog.

I hope readers find this interesting. I believe it will be for most of my readers (or at least my perception of who reads this – librarians and open source/free software proponents). If not, please just mark them as read as you find them in your e-reader. As you would imagine, I did a lot of research before submitting my extended abstract, so I will also be posting my notes from some of my previous research as well as new research. I should add, what I post will be parts of my scholarly process and not necessarily points I agree or disagree with and they may or not make it into my final paper. It should be noted this is a bibliography with a specific purpose: to help me write a specific paper on a specific topic. Thus these collections of posts are not to be comprehensive, so please don’t assume it is. Still, I think it could be useful to others with similar interests.

Although my purpose for doing this is not to solicit feedback on what I’m reading or researching, if reading my posts makes you think of related ideas or articles (especially scholarly ones), please feel free to comment and share.


  1. Laura Smart said,

    January 23, 2010 at 14:01:32

    Hi Ed – you might be interested in following the work of a former colleague of mine, Camran Ashraf

    He’s very involved in monitoring the impact of social media on politics in Iran (and he’s a former library worker). He takes a geo-referencing perspective and is working on his PhD in geography. It may not help you with the libraries portion of your paper but it is very much demoncracy2.0

    Here’s a link to a talk he gave at the Berkman center


  2. ecorrado said,

    January 26, 2010 at 13:01:47


    Thanks for the link and information about Camran Ashraf. I’ll listen to the talk you linked to when I get a free moment.

    – E