Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106316
Title:
The Digital Library as Place
Author:
Pomerantz, Jeffrey; Gary, Marchionini
Citation:
The Digital Library as Place 2007-08, 63(4):505-533 Journal of Documentation
Journal:
Journal of Documentation
Issue Date:
Aug-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106316
Submitted date:
2007-08-03
Abstract:
Purpose: This paper is a high-level investigation of the physical-conceptual continuum occupied by both digital and physical libraries. Methodology/Approach: A framework is provided for thinking about the notions of place and library. The issue of materials and the ideas they represent is considered. Places for people are considered, including issues of people’s sense of place in physical and digital spaces. The issue of physical and digital spaces as places for work, collaboration, and community-building is considered. Findings: As more digital libraries are built, and as more physical libraries offer electronic access to parts of their collection, two trends are likely to result: (1) The role of the library as a storage space for materials will become decreasingly important, and (2) The role of the library as a space for users, for individual and collaborative work, and as a space for social activity, will become increasingly important. Research limitations/implications: Digital libraries are unable to fulfill some of the functions of the physical library as physical spaces, but are able to offer functions beyond what the physical library can offer as cognitive spaces. Practical implications: Areas of likely future development for digital libraries are suggested, as vehicles for enhancing cognitive space by augmenting representations of ideas in materials. Originality/value of paper: This paper argues that in many ways digital libraries really are places in the conceptual sense, and will continue to broaden and enrich the roles that libraries play in people’s lives and in the larger social milieu.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Digital Libraries
Local subject classification:
digital library; library as place; information commons; information environments

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dc.contributor.authorPomerantz, Jeffreyen_US
dc.contributor.authorGary, Marchioninien_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-08-03T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:44:23Z-
dc.date.issued2007-08en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-08-03en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Digital Library as Place 2007-08, 63(4):505-533 Journal of Documentationen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106316-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: This paper is a high-level investigation of the physical-conceptual continuum occupied by both digital and physical libraries. Methodology/Approach: A framework is provided for thinking about the notions of place and library. The issue of materials and the ideas they represent is considered. Places for people are considered, including issues of people’s sense of place in physical and digital spaces. The issue of physical and digital spaces as places for work, collaboration, and community-building is considered. Findings: As more digital libraries are built, and as more physical libraries offer electronic access to parts of their collection, two trends are likely to result: (1) The role of the library as a storage space for materials will become decreasingly important, and (2) The role of the library as a space for users, for individual and collaborative work, and as a space for social activity, will become increasingly important. Research limitations/implications: Digital libraries are unable to fulfill some of the functions of the physical library as physical spaces, but are able to offer functions beyond what the physical library can offer as cognitive spaces. Practical implications: Areas of likely future development for digital libraries are suggested, as vehicles for enhancing cognitive space by augmenting representations of ideas in materials. Originality/value of paper: This paper argues that in many ways digital libraries really are places in the conceptual sense, and will continue to broaden and enrich the roles that libraries play in people’s lives and in the larger social milieu.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectDigital Librariesen_US
dc.subject.otherdigital libraryen_US
dc.subject.otherlibrary as placeen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation commonsen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation environmentsen_US
dc.titleThe Digital Library as Placeen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Documentationen_US
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