Library as Place: History, Community and Culture

Library as Place: History, Community and Culture

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Library as Place: History, Community and Culture

Libraries, as a component of cultural space, are ubiquitous to almost every society during almost every time period. However, as places of cultural and symbolic and intellectual meaning, they have varied greatly. To capture both aspects, this collection of 14 original papers covers library spaces old and new, real and imagined, large and small, public and private. Contributions range from a consideration of the Garrison library in the British Empire, to the Carnegie library as a social institution, to the imagined library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The result is a fascinating look at the library as a physical, social, and intellectual place within the hearts and minds of its clientele and the public at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591583820
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Wayne A. Wiegand   John Carlo Bertot     vii
Space, Place, and Libraries: An Introduction   Gloria J. Leckie   John E.Buschman     3
The Library's Place in the Past
Beneficial Spaces: The Rise of Military Libraries in the British Empire   Ronald Tetreault     29
Libraries in Public before the Age of Public Libraries: Interpreting the Furnishings and Design of Athenaeums and Other "Social Libraries," 1800-1860   Adam Arenson     41
A Grand Old Sandstone Lady: Vancouver's Carnegie Library   Ann Curry     61
Libraries as Places of Community
The Fruit and Root of the Community: The Greensboro Carnegie Negro Library, 1904-1964   Julia A. Hersberger   Lou Sua   Adam L.Murray     79
Locating the Library as Place among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Patrons   Paulette Rothbauer     101
Behind the Program-Room Door: The Creation of Parochial and Private Women's Realms in a Canadian Public Library   Pamela J. McKenzie   Elena M. Prigoda   Kirsten Clement   Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie     117
Seattle Public Library as Place: Reconceptualizing Space, Community, and Information at the Central Library   Karen E. Fisher   Matthew L. Saxton   Phillip M. Edwards   Jens-ErikMai     135
Research Libraries as Places of Learning and Scholarship
Stimulating Space, Serendipitous Space: Library as Place in the Life of the Scholar   Karen Antell   Debra Engel     163
Setting the Stage for Undergraduates' Information Behaviors: Faculty and Librarians' Perspectives on Academic Space   Lisa M. Given     177
The Research Library as Place: On the Essential Importance of Collections of Books Shelved in Subject-Classified Arrangements   Thomas Mann     191
Libraries, Place, and Culture
On the Myths of Libraries   Bonnie Mak     209
Managing Pleasure: Library Architecture and the Erotics of Reading   Abigail Van Slyck     221
Going to Hell: Placing the Library in Bujfy the Vampire Slayer   Adriana Estill     235
Index     251
About the Editors and Contributors     257

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