Library participation cultures - Durban

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Peter Giger, Eva Norling
Title: Library participation cultures - Durban
Conference name: World Library and Information Congress: 73rd IFLA General Conference and Council
Year: 2007
City: Durban
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: This article examines some of the main points of recent library development, building on phenomena or concepts such as particpation, democracy, web 2.0, library 2.0 and convergence cultures. We start with two cases closely related to activities at Blekinge Institute of Technology. The first case is about building a community for national and international cooperation about learning objects in the setting of a search guide. The other case is about a project aming to bring our patrons into the discusson about the library and our future. Finally, we discuss the role of librarians in a world where knowledge processes go from a hierarchical, authoritative perspective to a participative, inclusive mindset.
Subject: Education\General
Technoscience Studies\General
Keywords: web 2.0, library, publishing, peer review, searchguide, participation, convergence, culture
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