Our network is still working on the main topics. We have involved new members from other countries and we are trying to get funding for our research. In October we had a meeting in Den Haag in which our research topic was worked out more in detail. Olindo sent us a foto of the work they did in that workshop. It gives an impression of the relation between public libraries and the cities.
We hope that we get the possibility (i.e. the funding) to work further on this model. So far the cooperation in our network is very fruitful and I guess that everybody learns from the experience and the exchange of ideas.
After discussions about ongoing or planned research projects in the different countries and funding opportunities on the first day we continued the work on the second day. Different research projects with their research questions and methods were presented. Furthermore we will sketch out our next steps towards a common proposal. We have in mind a COST action and we plan to set up a task force that will elaborate a proposal. Maybe also for an ERASMUS+ activity.
The members of NLUS disussed also open questions about a draft of a common research proposal. We aim to work further on it with the target of a proposal for Horizon2020.
Many thanks to the colleagues from Oslo and AkershusmCollege for the organisation of the workshop and the nice evening program with dinner in Ekebergsrestauranten from where we had a great view on Oslo.
On 24 to 25 August 2015 the second workshop of the Network on Libraries in Urban Space takes place in Oslo. Main objectives are to discuss the current state of research and to elaborate a joint research proposal and to evaluate possibilities for further cooperation in the network.
the workshop started with a presentation by Ragnar Audunson on Oslo as a City of Public Libraries.
Members of the network recently published new articles on the topic of libraries in urban space:
- Blumer, Eliane ; Schuldt, Karsten (2014). Urban Revitalization, Gentrification, and the Public Library: The Case of Lausanne, Switzerland. In: LIBREAS 10 (2015) 26 http://libreas.eu/ausgabe26/03blumer/
- Evjen, Sunniva (2015). The image of an institution: Politicians and the urban library project, Library & Information Science Research, Volume 37, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 28-35, ISSN 0740-8188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2014.09.004.
Meanwhile we are working on common research papers (or sketches for such a papers) in our group. And some research teams are preparing project applications for national funding programs.
On the second day of the Workshop on Public Libraries and the City (11.-14.11.2014 at HTW Chur) members of the NLUS presented their actual research topics.
Daniel Walser (HTW Chur, Architecture): Architecture and urbanism (Daniel Walser: Architecture and Urbanism)
Henrik Jochumsen (University of Copenhagen): The Model of the Public Library in Urban Development (Henrik Jochumsen: Four Spaces)
Olindo Caso (TU Delft): Libraries 2.0 – a new generation of public buildings for the contemporary city (Olindo Caso: Libraries 2.0)
Dorte Skot-Hansen (University of Copenhagen): The Four Spaces: A new model for the public library (Dorte Skot-Hansen: Libraries in Urban Development)
Susan Ng-A-Tham (TU Delft): Colonial Architecture and Town Planning (Susan Ng-A-Tham: Repository Colonial Architecture)
Ina Blümel (TIB Hannover): Library services for architects (Ina Bluemel: Architecture and LIS)
Sunniva Evjen (Oslo and Akershus University College): On Libraries in Urban Space (Prezi presentation)
Tonje Vold (Oslo and Akershus University College): Gamle Oslo, a small library with big impact (Tonje Vold: Gamle Oslo, a small library)
Ragnar Audunson (Oslo and Akershus University College): The public library as a hub in urban development of a multicultural suburb
Marjolein Oomes (Netherlands Institute for Public Libraries): Public library research in the Netherlands (Marjolein Oomes: Public Libraries research)
Karsten Schuldt (HTW Chur): Landmark Libraries in Urban Space (Landmark Libraries)
Nathalie Vallet and Els De Vos (University of Antwerp): Research topics at the Henry van de Velde research group (Nathalie Vallet: NLUS)