April 14, 2021

Conference Paper: “The Future of Public Libraries as Convivial Spaces: A Design Fiction”

The conference paper (full text, open access) linked to below appears in GROUP ’20: Companion of the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work.

Title

The Future of Public Libraries as Convivial Spaces: A Design Fiction

Authors

GROUP ’20: Companion of the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
DOI: 10.1145/3323994.3369901

Abstract 

The proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICT) along with pressures of global capitalism has called in to question the role of public libraries in the future. At the same time, communities continue to rely on public libraries for social and civic functions. In this paper, the authors use research through design (RTD) and design fiction methods to explore alternative conceptions of public libraries and the role of ICTs in them The authors propose a design fiction in the form of a call for grant proposals issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The design fiction focuses on the concept of conviviality to propose future design spaces for new kinds of interactions between library patrons and the world around them.

Direct to Full Text Article
20 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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