Space and Light and Order: Libraries, Cultural Change and the Locus of Knowledge

By Mark Woodhouse.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Libraries as cultural institutions and as traditional repositories of knowledge and the cultural memory are faced with a reevaluation of their role in the face of the emergent knowledge society. The design of library spaces as seen in such new facilities as the San Francisco and Seattle Public libraries and in the “information commons” movement in Academic libraries reflect attempts to come to grips with changes in the fabric of knowledge itself. How can public space reflect values that provide an integrative experience in the face of pervasive cultural clutter and its concomitant dullness? What needs are being fulfilled by these spaces and in what ways are they addressing or failing to address the greater good and the furtherance of knowledge?

Keywords: Libraries, Aesthetics, Public Space, Knowledge Society

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.233-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 538.326KB).

Mark Woodhouse

Head of Technical Services, Mark Twain Archivist, CollegeArchivist, Gannett-Tripp Library, Elmira College, USA

Mark Woodhouse is the Head of Technical Services, College Archivist and Mark Twain Archivist at Elmira College in Elmira N.Y. where he has served since 1987. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America and, in addition to a Master’s Degree in Library Science from The State University of New York at Buffalo, holds a Master’s Degree in Printing Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology. His essay on Libraries appeared in American History Through Literature 1870-1920 published by Charles Scribner’s Sons/Thomsom Gale in 2006 and he is a regular contributor to Library Journal. His poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review as well as in other literary magazines.


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