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Part of the session "Planning & Realizing the "Fourth Place"". Session description: "With the rise of learning commons and collaboration laboratories (COLABs), people are using space differently in ...

Part of the session "Planning & Realizing the "Fourth Place"". Session description: "With the rise of learning commons and collaboration laboratories (COLABs), people are using space differently in order to engage in learning. Rather than a third place as defined by Ray Oldenburg, these fourth places are becoming where people go to participate in specific learning activities. Signorelli discusses the difference between third and fourth places, and how this learning fourth place is different than the library settings we’re used to creating. Coleman and Hurst-Wahl outline how a library can create a fourth place using existing or recycled space (e.g., shipping containers) as well as the library services and resources that would support fourth place activities. Included is an interaction brainstorm about partnerships the libraries can pursue in order to bring this vision to reality."

Presentation to be given at Computers in Libraries Conference, Mar 23, 2011. (CIL11 / CIL2011)



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Fourth Places for Learning Skills & Acquiring Knowledge Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Fourth Places for Learning Skills & Acquiring Knowledge
    Jill Hurst-Wahl
    Asst. Prof. of Practice
    Syracuse Univ. iSchool
  • 2. What is a library?
    A place that connects people with knowledge
    For students, a place that increases their hours of learning activities
  • 3.
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  • 6. Where can patrons/members learn “dirty” skills or interact with knowledge-keepers?
  • 7.
  • 8. Exterior dimensions: 40’ (l) x 8’ (w) x 9’6” (h)
    Approx. interior dimensions: 39’ x 7’8” x 8’9” (320 sq. ft.)
    Very secure. Can withstand the elements.
    ~$2000-4000 w/out modifications, transport or handling
  • 9. Uses…
    Additional library space
    Space for messy learning (e.g., fixing bikes)
    Temporary vacant lot learning commons
    Storage for open-air activities
    Resource center for a community garden
    Rural or community reading room
    Library outside of the library
    Patron inspired or led learning activities
  • 10. Outfitting the Container Fourth Place
    Windows and real doors, optional
    Use the doors on the container
    Heavy duty padlock
    Electricity and water, optional
    Generator, portable toilet and sink
    Tables, chairs, shelves, tools, books
    Use your imagination
    Have the users decide
    Staff, optional What?
  • 11. Shipping Container Resources to Help You Understand the Possibility
    Shipping container architecture
    Shipping Container Housing Guide
    ISBU Information
    On Architecture: Transforming cargo containers into a weekend studio
    ReThinking Out of the Box-Shipping Container Houses
    Outside the box thinkers put shipping containers to another use
    Disaster Relief Shelter - 2 x 20' ISO Shipping Containers (video)
    Shipping containers as building components (123+ pages)
  • 12. Fourth Places Featured…
    Northern Onondaga Public Library (NY)
    The Bike Kitchen, San Francisco, CA
    All photos had Creative Commons license for reuse or were used with permission.