Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space

July 8, 2011 at 12:25 am 1 comment

Elmborg, James K. “Libraries as the Spaces Between Us: Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 50 (Summer 2011): 338-50.
Woodland Community Library, WA
Much has been written recently about the “library as place.” This essay approaches the question of library space philosophically, arguing that developing commercial attitudes toward space leads us away from more productive ways of conceiving libraries. A concept called Third Space is introduced, and its relevance to libraries and librarianship is explored. Third Space is defined and applied to various library concepts, especially information literacy. The article contends that thinking about Third Space can help libraries and librarians develop ways of working with increasingly diverse populations in increasingly dynamic contexts.

See the Woodland Community Library for a grand third place.


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  • 1. Deborah Moorman  |  July 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Without libraries as third places, places where people can come and be themselves and connect with one another without the pressures that come with work and home, libraries would not be the totally wonderful places that they are. Before I worked at the library, bringing the children to pick out books while I read a magazine or chose materials for myself was wonderful.


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