Walking around the public library in Iceland


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Presentation of my strollological project at the Nordic conference on public library research: European public libraries today and in a historical context, Oslo December 9 2010

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Walking around the public library in Iceland

  1. 1. Walking aroundthepubliclibrary in Iceland<br />Strollological examinationofthepubliclibrary in ist social, spatialandhistoricalcontext<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Thinking about space<br />Theory: Hannah Arendt and Henry Lefebvre<br />Methodology: Examining space in a new way<br />Practice: Strolling the space of the public library in Iceland<br />Findings<br />Conclusion: Introducing strollology in LIS <br />
  3. 3. Thinking about space<br />Physical space and digital revolution<br />The doom and the comeback of library space<br />Space and globalisation<br />Variety of approaches to library space<br />Space is more than a room or a building<br />
  4. 4. Questions<br />Theory<br />Methodology<br />How can we get rid of pre-formulated perceptions?<br />Which context has to be considered?<br />
  5. 5. Public space – private space<br />Classical dichotomy in the discourse about space<br />Habermas and the media<br />Bourdieu and the habitus<br />Sennet and the city<br />Oldenburg and the third space<br />
  6. 6. Societalspace<br />Replacing the public-private dichotomy<br />Multifunctional<br />Activity-oriented (Hannah Arendt)<br />individual freedom and freedom of public appearance<br />Sociation not communitarisation <br />Supporting informational participation<br />
  7. 7. Space as a social construct<br />Materialistic concept based on Henri Lefebvre<br />Space is not a figurative construction but a product<br />Illusion of transparency – Illusion of authenticity<br />Not habitus (Bourdieu) but habitat<br />Space is being produced in a triangle<br />
  8. 8. Methodology<br />Strollology developed from situationist performance<br />Lucius Burckhardt<br />Critique of the selective perception of landscape<br />Pre-formulated perspectives<br />Synthezised experience<br />
  9. 9. Strollology<br />Breaking the logic of the narratives<br />Observing details and disorders<br />Social, economic and historical context<br />Flexible and contingent concept<br />
  10. 10. WhyIceland?<br />Seems to be homogenous<br />Small population but big enough for regionalisation<br />Modern, differentiated library system<br />Interest in public libraries in rural areas<br />
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  16. 16. Pre-formulatedIceland<br />Unspoilt wilderness<br />Raging elements<br />Elves <br />Pop music<br />Financial crisis<br />You are travelling to Iceland to visit libraries?<br />
  17. 17. National/Academic/Special Library<br />Landmark/Museum<br />Public Library<br />
  18. 18. How to stroll<br />Walking around<br />Observations according town, economy, landmarks<br />Location and neighbourhood<br />Library tour<br />Conversation with staff members<br />Walking around once again<br />
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  31. 31. The historical context is efficacious until today<br />
  32. 32. Lack of an urban tradition<br />
  33. 33. Changes in transportation and buying behaviour <br />
  34. 34. Societal space for the community<br />
  35. 35. Active partners for the knowledge society <br />
  36. 36. Conclusions<br />Opportunity for a critical point of view<br />Challenge to become aware of preconceptions<br />Chance to get a much broader focus<br />New methodological inspiration<br />Further development needed<br />
  37. 37. Thanksto:<br />Goethe-Institut Copenhagen<br />Beate Detlefs<br />Matthias Platz<br />Anna Sigríður Einarsdóttir<br />Laufey Eiríksdóttir<br />Þórdís T. Þórarinsdóttir<br />All Icelandic librarians who supported the project<br />
  38. 38. Thank you very much for your attention<br />olaf.eigenbrodt@uni-hamburg.de<br />