Learning beyond books : strategies for ambient media to improve libraries and collaboration spaces as interfaces for social learning

Bilandzic, Mark & Foth, Marcus (2014) Learning beyond books : strategies for ambient media to improve libraries and collaboration spaces as interfaces for social learning. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 71(1), pp. 77-95.

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Abstract

With the advent of digital media and online information resources, public libraries as physical destinations for information access are being increasingly challenged. As a response, many libraries follow the trend of removing bookshelves in order to provide more floorspace for social interaction and collaboration. Such spaces follow a Commons 2.0 model: they are designed to support collaborative work and social learning. The acquisition of skills and knowledge is facilitated as a result of being surrounded by and interacting with a community of likeminded others. Based on the results of a case study on a Commons 2.0 library space, this paper describes several issues of collaboration and social learning in public library settings. Acknowledging the significance of the architectural characteristics of the physical space, we discuss opportunities for ambient media to better reflect the social attributes of the library as a place; i.e. amplify the sense of other co-present library visitors and provide opportunities for shared encounters and conversations, which would remain invisible otherwise. We present the design of a user check-in system for improving the library as a physical destination for social learning, sharing, and inspiration for and by the community.

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ID Code: 57750
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Commons 2.0, Library Design, e-Library, Bookless Library, Co-Working, Co-Presence, Social Learning, Shared Encounters, Serendipity, Urban Informatics, Ambient Media, Embodied Interaction, Locative Media
DOI: 10.1007/s11042-013-1432-x
ISSN: 1573-7721
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
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
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York
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Deposited On: 03 Mar 2013 22:16
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 13:59

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