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“Agency in a socially networked world: library clients increase their room to move”


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Bridging Worlds Conference 2008, Singapore …

Bridging Worlds Conference 2008, Singapore
Day One Track Two
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    • 1. Agency: library clients in online social spaces Bridging Worlds Conference, Singapore, October 2008 Bonna Jones Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
    • 2. Online social spaces
      • ‘ rich user experiences’
      • ‘ architecture of participation’
    • 3. new online social spaces
      • our understanding of these could grow out of earlier research on social spaces and how they operate:
      • Making Narratives
      • Making Social Spaces
      • Making identities
    • 4. My interest
      • as a practising librarian in a university I developed an interest in some ideas that were being researched by our clients
    • 5. Philosophy of complexity
      • Emergence of a science of complexity
      • Transdisciplinary, but also accounts for the achievements of the humanities
      • ‘ being’ and ‘becoming’
    • 6. Arran Gare
      • Gare “ Nature regarded as mere product is for us an object; but as productivity, it is for us subject ” (2000, p. 336)
      • Gare “ a conception of the world in which humans, understood as conscious and self-conscious, free, creative and essentially social agents able to struggle to understand the world and themselves, could be seen to have evolved from nature” (2004, p. 2)
    • 7. actions
      • strings of actions
      • networks of action
      • processes
      • hierarchies of action
      • systems of action
    • 8. Making Narratives
      • “ the boat came in with the morning catch of fish”
      • “ the cats sat on the sea wall”
    • 9. Narrative as an action
      • Prestory (Prefiguration)
      • Story (Configuration)
      • Restory (Refiguration)
      • This is a spiral that loops back on itself and meaning is an achievement of its process. Transfiguration?
    • 10. Product
      • Narrative
      • Qualities of narrative (from ephemera right through to grand narratives; always in time)
    • 11. Events
      • Carr (1986)
      • Events are already in a form that can be described as ‘narrative’
      • Action takes place in time and has both temporal and practical order
      • Order understood as:
      • Closure (beginnning, middle and end)
      • Departure and arrival, or departure and return
      • Means and end
      • Suspension and resolution
      • Problem and solution
    • 12. Creativity
      • Defined as a process:
      • Narrative operates as an action of synthesis or a ‘grasping together’ of the heterogeneous within language.
      • With narrative, the semantic innovation lies in the inventing of another work of synthesis - a plot. By means of the plot, goals, causes, and chance are brought together within the temporal unity of a whole and complete action. (Ricoeur 1984 , p. ix)
    • 13. Hierarchy of action
      • Symbol -> Word
      • Activity is interpretation
      • Sentence -> Narrative
      • Activity is emplotment
      • Narrative -> Library
      • Activity is collecting
    • 14. Cats and Fishermen
    • 15.  
    • 16. Making social space
      • social space – an invisible reality that cannot be shown, but nevertheless organises our actions
      • the economy of symbolic transactions
      • acquiring capital (social, cultural, economic, and symbolic)
      • time (ongoing in time - sustained by a central argument; tradition)
    • 17. Levels of action
      • word/sentence/narrative/genre/library
      • meaning is created in a story “I am….”
      • person/collective/field
      • social space is created “I belong….”
    • 18. Product
      • Narrative (from ephemera right through to grand narratives)
      • Social space (‘my life’, ‘our group’, ‘our organisation’)
      • always occurs within time
    • 19. Online social space
      • Social space
      • Narrative-making space
    • 20. Evolution of social spaces
      • evening campfire - a vital social space in prehistory
      • the town square or marketplace
      • the public library
    • 21. Power
      • Freedom, creativity
      • Non-nested hierarchies
      • Level of observation
    • 22.
      • Levels in the hierarchy of action constrain lower levels, more or less
      • Lower levels may be able to ‘act back’
      • Nested hierarchies that wholly constrain vs those with some freedom for action
    • 23.
      • ‘ rich user experiences’
      • ‘ architecture of participation’
    • 24.
      • When we talk about ‘rich user experiences’ and an ‘architecture of participation’, these ideas about narrative, social space, identity and constraint are helpful I think. They give us a basis for thinking about the kinds of new social spaces we are now creating and how these will be an extension of what we already do in libraries. Indeed, I also think that librarians are beautifully placed to understand these dynamics, where other professions are not.
    • 25.
      • “ With each new integrative level, societies have become more differentiated and hierarchically organized, generating mutually amplifying co-evolutionary systems within these societies. Co-evolution has generated further specialist structures mostly associated with the regulation of society and the means for this regulation” (Gare, 2002 p 9)
    • 26. Onine social spaces
      • As products are more interactive
      • Verbal and graphic
      • Still and moving
      • Games
      • Platforms such as VastPark