The continuing relevance of the library as a third place for users and non-users of IT : the case of Canada Bay

Houghton, Kirralie, Foth, Marcus, & Miller, Evonne (2013) The continuing relevance of the library as a third place for users and non-users of IT : the case of Canada Bay. Australian Library Journal, 62(1), pp. 27-39.

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The purpose of this paper is to consider how libraries support the development of community networks both physically and digitally. To do this, a case-study methodology was employed, including a combination of data about the library and qualitative interviews with library users considering their experience of the library.

This paper proposes that libraries act as ‘third places’ spatially connecting people; libraries also build links with online media and play a critical role in inclusively connecting non-technology users with the information on the Internet and digital technology more generally.

The paper establishes the value of libraries in the digital age and recommends that libraries actively seek ways to develop links between non-technology users and activity on the Internet. It addresses the need to reach these types of non-technology users in different ways. Further, it suggests that libraries utilise their positioning as third places to create broader community networks, to support local communities beyond existing users and beyond the library precinct.

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ID Code: 56428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Libraries, Third Place, Digital technology, Urban Informatics
DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2013.771764
ISSN: 0004-9670
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Library and Information Association
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Australian Library Journal (C) 2013 (copyright Taylor & Francis); The Australian Library Journal is available online at:
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2013 04:54
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2013 05:37

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