Social interaction in the 'new' public library

Volume 38 NO. 4 2005

In this issue of SPLQ we have chosen to focus on the public library as a meeting place. For quite some time the public libraries have been busy adapting themselves to rapidly developing new technologies. Automation, production and dissemination of digital services have been the order of the day, but it has now become apparent that we need to examine the physical library in more detail. How to design it in such a way as to fulfil the vision of the hybrid library that embraces both traditional materials and digital dissemination – and how important is the social aspect? “People need people” – computers are indispensable, but they are not human.

The articles this time describe the social role of the public library in relation to selected target groups: Children and the young, students,
ethnic minorities and citizens in a local community.

Jonna Holmgaard Larsen
jhl AT

Legally responsible publisher:
Jens Thorhauge, jth AT
Editor-in-chief: Jonna Holmgaard Larsen, jhl AT
Assistant editor: Vibeke Cranfield, vhc AT

Sidsel Hindal, sidsel.hindal AT
The Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority

Barbro Wigell-Ryynänen, barbro.wigell-ryynanen AT
Finnish Ministry of Education, Dep. for Cultural Policy

Helena Kettner Rudberg, helena.rudberg AT
Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs

Lay-out: Stæhr Reklame & Marketing
Photos: Nils Lund Pedersen
ISSN 0036-5602
Electronic ISSN: 1604-4843

Scandinavian Public Library Quarterly (SPLQ)
is published by the Nordic Public Library Authorities






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