„User Experience in Libraries“ – my presentation at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford

Last Friday I had the pleasure to give a talk concerning the following four facets of user experience in libraries:
1. access, orientation, and navigation
2. environment behaviour settings
3. appropriating spaces
4. place identity

To those who are familiar with my work the items 1, 3 and 4 are probably well known. The item 2 “environment behaviour setting” is in fact not new in the context of my empirical library research. But: Now I focus on it in a different way. This I would like to outline in the following.

Prezi: User Experience in Libraries
Prezi: User Experience in Libraries (click on the picture to be forwarded to the presentation)

Weiterlesen „User Experience in Libraries“ – my presentation at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford

A material-socio-virtual concept of (library-) space

Some weeks ago I had the pleasure participating in the UXLibs II Conference in Manchester. During this conference I became aware that only a part of my theoretical framework which my library research is based on is available in English. Today I want to change this to the better and provide the most important parts of the framework as a short version here in my blog. [1]

hybrid library spaces (first published in Edinger/Reimer 2013)
hybrid library spaces (first published in Edinger/Reimer 2013)

Weiterlesen A material-socio-virtual concept of (library-) space

“Speak, friend, and enter” – Labyrinths, symbolic spaces, and gated communities in university libraries

Paper accepted for the conference „UX in Libraries II“, 2016 in Manchester!!!

“‘What does it mean by speak, friend, and enter?’ asked Merry. ‘That is plain enough’, said Gimli. ‘If you are a friend speak the password, and the doors will open, and you can enter.’”[1]

Gate to Marsh’s Library, Dublin, 2013

Library spaces can work as gated communities and labyrinths. They can hinder users in navigating through the information architecture built of rooms, shelves and books. The spaces even work as access deniers: If a user or visitor hasn’t enough library experience, he/she will get lost within the library building. Even PhD students and fellows mention that they avoid going into some libraries because they feel getting lost. But for those who succeed, library spaces often are symbolic spaces. People appropriate spaces, that means they understand and modify the social and material environment by for instance choosing a favourite (work)place, (re-)arranging the furniture, and switching on/off the light. They develop a feeling of belonging and ownership over ‘their spaces’ – so a desk and a chair can become a professional workplace for them. To support this a library has to provide what I like to call “human centred spaces”: Weiterlesen “Speak, friend, and enter” – Labyrinths, symbolic spaces, and gated communities in university libraries

My first MOOC: „Open Networked Learning“ – first impressions

Since nearly a month, I am participating in my first MOOC – “Open Networked Learning”. First of all: I’ve heard about the drop out statistics of MOOCs. Thousands of people start participating in a MOOC and after a few weeks they drop out and never finish. By knowing this I decided not to join one of the working groups but take part more as a “lurking student”.

Here are my first impressions:

  • Surprising: We are just 88 participants, but the group is quite international! Up till now I have been thinking that “massive” means thousands of participants!
  • Interesting and inspiring: The syllabus and the concept of the learning environment. We are working with google+, googledrive, wordpress, and twitter, one named aim of the course is to use an alternative to LMS. Weiterlesen My first MOOC: „Open Networked Learning“ – first impressions

UX in Libraries

Five years ago, in July 2010, I had my first talk about UX in Libraries at the ETH Zürich. It had the title “User Experience Design für öffentliche Bibliotheken: Von der Buchleihzentrale zum Zentrum der Urbanität“ (UX design for public libraries: from a book loaning office to the centre of urbanity). After this first talk lots of presentations followed, like the one concerning information architecture in libraries and how it supports orientation and navigation of the people in the library (03/2011 in Darmstadt, Germany) or the one in Oslo, Norway (08/2011): „Renaissance of the Library: Catalyser for Participation in Cultural Life and Centre of Urbanity“. Now, some years later, I recognise that the topic UX isn’t unknown in the library community any more. Weiterlesen UX in Libraries

Publication: Examining Space Perceptions. Combining Visual and Verbal Data with Reactive and Non-Reactive Methods in Studies of the Elderly and Library Users

Uni Bibliothek Konstanz, Gebäude N (November 2011)
University Library Konstanz, Building N (November 2011)

In April the special issue „Spatial Methods“ of the journal „Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung“ was published. I’m very proud to present my article concerning the examination of space perceptions in libraries and homes for the elderly in this issue:

Examining Space Perceptions. Combining Visual and Verbal Data with Reactive and Non-Reactive Methods in Studies of the Elderly and Library Users. In: Historical Social Research, Special Issue “Spatial Methods”, Vol. 39 (2014) No. 2. Pp. 181-202.

Abstract
Space is characterised by both its material and its social aspects. To examine space perceptions in this holistic understanding it is crucial to combine verbal with visual data and reactive with non-reactive methods, because not every perception is verbally expressible. The article starts illustrating a socio-spatial-material concept of space. Weiterlesen Publication: Examining Space Perceptions. Combining Visual and Verbal Data with Reactive and Non-Reactive Methods in Studies of the Elderly and Library Users

Publication: „Teach the Teachers – E-Learning in Further Education for Lecturers in Higher Education“

I am very proud of the latest peer reviewed and open access article that I have published together with Ricarda T.D. Reimer and Stefan van der Vlies in the Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology. It is the result of some studies and projects concerning teacher education we conducted in the last two years at the Department for Digital Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (FHNW). Weiterlesen Publication: „Teach the Teachers – E-Learning in Further Education for Lecturers in Higher Education“

Fundstück der Woche #6: Temples of Knowledge

Finding of the week #6

Lincoln College Library, former All Saints Church, Oxford (©Eva-Christina Edinger)

Some of the blog readers hope to see amazing & fascinating library pictures. And I took just a few like this one of Lincoln College Library in Oxford. But now I found the website of a photographer and that website meets this expectation: http://www.templesofknowledge.com/libraries.html

While looking at these pictures I ask myself again: What makes the people feel like being in a temple or church when they’re entering a library?

Enjoy these incredible beautiful library pictures!

Creative Commons License

Renaissance of the Library, NSA 2011 – No Poster, but a Presentation!

Sometimes thinks take other ways than expected. In spring I applied for the Nordic Sociological Association (NSA) Conference in Oslo. And my paper concerning the “Renaissance of the Library” was accepted for the poster presentation – I thought. But some weeks ago Prof. Ragnvald Kalleberg contacted me: I should be one of the presenters in his session “Sociology of Science” (this Friday afternoon). I was quite surprised!

Now my preparation for this presentation is finished. I was pleased to write a paper concerning my presentation topic that you can find here.

Another task during the session will be, that I will commentate Ragnvald Kallebergs presentation “Academics communicating with citizens in publics”. I am looking forward to do so, because this is a really interesting topic that is connected with my work in a theoretical and a practical way (some of you may think about “Space-Expedition: Konstanz”).

Creative Commons License

Nordic Sociological Association Conference

(English version below)

Det er fantastiskt! Jeg kan delta i konferansen fra Nordic Sociological Association i Oslo og presentere mit poster. Postern har titteln ”Renaissance of the Library: Catalyser for Participation in Cultural Life and Centre of Urbanity”.

Konferansen begynner etter Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies, derfor kan jeg være to uker i Oslo. Jeg gleder meg veldig til o være i Norge.

Mer informasjon om konferansen kan du finne her.

———

April was an amazing month! First I thought it would be a quiet, peaceful month. But then it was a lot of work! I’ve got an acceptation for the Nordic sociological Association Conference 2011 in Oslo. So I will present my poster “Renaissance of the Library: Catalyser for Participation in Cultural Life and Centre of Urbanity” in August in Oslo! Weiterlesen Nordic Sociological Association Conference