Towards an understanding of the participatory library

Nguyen, Linh Cuong, Partridge, Helen L., & Edwards, Sylvia L. (2012) Towards an understanding of the participatory library. Library Hi Tech, 30(2), pp. 335-346.

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Purpose: - The purpose of this paper is to debate the evolving relationship between libraries and users, justify the idea of participatory library and the use of the "participatory library" term. The paper also discusses the development trend of the participatory library and calls for empirical research on this area.

Design/methodology/approach - Various sources of literature are collected and examined. Together with the inclusion of personal ideas and experience, a wide range of opinions on the contemporary library is compared and synthesized.

Findings - The paper presents changes in the relationship between libraries and users in various periods of library development. It indicates an excessive attention on Library 2.0 while neglecting the participatory nature of the contemporary library. It also suggests that the term "participatory library" should be used as this term reflects the true nature of the contemporary library, and calls for empirical work on participatory library.

Originality/value - This discussion is moving forward and challenging our thinking about the participatory library. It provides librarians, library managers, scholars, and the library community with a fresh perspective of contemporary library.

Impact and interest:

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13 citations in Web of Science®
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ID Code: 50107
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: library and information services, social media, library 2.0, participatory library, web 2.0, libraries, librarianship
DOI: 10.1108/07378831211239997
ISSN: 0737-8831
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Emerald
Deposited On: 04 May 2012 01:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 12:23

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