Nordic Sociological Association Conference

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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.

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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

Readers Declaration vs. Mr. Bean

Sometimes library research can be both, hard work and lots of fun! While I was thinking about Lincoln College Library in Oxford, its sacred building (the former town church of Oxford) and the fact that we have to be quiet in a library, I found Mr. Beans „The Library“. So I would like to give you all the chance to compare the behaviour that is requested in the „Readers Declaration“ of the Bodleian Library in Oxford and Mr. Beans perfect performance!

„I hereby undertake not to remove from the Library, nor to mark, deface, or injure in any way, any volume, document or other object belonging to it or in its custody; not to bring into the Library, or kindle therein, any fire or flame, and not to smoke in the Library; and I promise to obey all rules of the Library.“ (Readers Declaration of the Bodleian Library Oxford)

And here you can see the best imaginable reader:

Information Architecture in Libraries – Participation in “Techno-Topologies”

Last weekend I took part in the Conference „Techno-Topologies“ in Darmstadt (Germany) and presented results of my PhD project Spaces of Knowledge”.

It was a great organised conference with a friendly atmosphere supporting the young researcher’s projects. My presentation was part of the section “Orientation and Navigation” and therefore I focused on the “Technically induced Orientation and Navigation from a Perspective of Spatial Sociology”. There have been lots of interesting and forward-looking questions and comments.

I planned to take a voice record of my presentation but unfortunately I forgot to start the recorder at the beginning. So I can just provide the slides without the corresponding sound.

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Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Sciences

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Jeg gleder meg veldig at jeg kan delta i Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2011. Jeg har fått en bekreftelse, at jeg kan delta i kurs “Case Study Research Methods” i slutten av juli.

Summer School gir meg sjansen til å forbedre sosiologi kunnskapene mine og til å bli bedre kjent med Universitetet i Oslo og byen.

Jeg gleder meg veldig at jeg kan være noen dager i Oslo/Norge, kanskje jeg gjør en ferie tour etter Summer School.

Mer informasjon om Summer School kan du finne her.

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I am very happy to be accepted to the Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2011. I’ll participate in the course “Case Study Research Methods” at the end of July. The chosen course may give me the chance to review the results of my PhD project „Spaces of Knowledge-Operationalisation of Knowledge in University Libraries” and discuss the lessons learned during the explorative period. I have also planned to take it as an opportunity to reflect on my post-doc project „Renaissance of the Library: Centre of Urbanity and catalyser for Knowledge Cities“.

Some information concerning the above named projects:

The project „Spaces of Knowledge-Operationalisation of Knowledge in University Libraries” is the dissertation project I am currently conducting. It is empirical and thus I designed a comparative case study analysing selected university libraries in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. The collected data material (interviews, participant observation, mental maps and photo documentation) illustrates that materiality and technology not only make a crucial contribution to the perception and experience of space, but also have effects on the processes of knowledge production. Material and social exclusion mechanisms configure progresses of (corporate) identity and affect the behaviour towards libraries and their contents.

The project „Renaissance of the Library“ will be my following project. It focuses on public libraries in urban space: New libraries like the planned new Deichman Bibliotek in Oslo may act as centres of the social life in a city and therefore they may be catalysers for Knowledge Cities. Public libraries are no more just a place to loan books, but they may be cultural and social midpoints of a city. They provide a wide range of services like exhibitions, readings, discussions, events, and meeting spaces for heterogenic groups of users.  The research design for this project is also planned as a case study.

My participation on the Oslo Summer School should enable me to improve not only my methodical skills, but also the research design of my forthcoming post-doc project. And of course, I am very happy to be in Oslo again! I am looking forward to spend a great week (and maybe some holidays) in this beautiful city!

More information concerning the Summer School is provided here.

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„Techno-Topologies“-Conference

I am very happy to be invited to the Conference „Techno-Topologies“ in Darmstadt (Germany), in March 2011. I’ll present selected results of my phd project „Spaces of Knowledge – Operationalisation of Knowledge in University Libraries”.

The project focuses on the interaction of space/architecture and social practice in university libraries. Libraries are made for storage, development and transformation of knowledge. They are on the one hand existing architectural spaces; on the other hand are the genesis and the transfer of knowledge embedded in social processes of learning and teaching. The central question is: In which way is knowledge operationalised in libraries, by social practice and architecture? To answer this, a comparative case study has been designed and selected university libraries have been analysed. The libraries of Konstanz and Oxford are in the major focus of the case study.
In my presentation I’ll show that information architecture, a concept better known in the field of web design, is an important function in libraries. The results of the project illustrate the spatial challenge of library users and connect this with the technical support for orientation and navigation within the library spaces. Navigation and orientation will be traced both on the macroscopic and the microscopic level. The macroscopic level relates to the whole building, the microscopic level relates to each single shelve and book.
Library architecture can work as a medium of orientation. But it can also be like a labyrinth and hinder users in their orientation and navigation. It, too, works as an access denier: If one hasn’t the cultural capital (Bourdieu) and therefore the experience how to use a library, he/she will get lost within the rooms, shelves and books. The collected data material (interviews, participant observations, mental maps and photo documentation) illustrates that materiality and technology not only make a contribution to the perception and experience of space, but also have effects on the processes of knowledge production. Material and social closing mechanisms can configurate progresses of (corporate) identity and affect the behaviour towards libraries and their contents.

More information concerning the conference is provided here.

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