2008-01-19Konferenzveröffentlichung DOI: 10.18452/1288
Designing Library Facilities for Everyone?
Providing Space for Informational Participation
The concept of informational participation is a holistic approach to the problems associated with the 'digital divide'. It assumes that 'digital divide' is not only a dichotomizing problem of having physical access to information technology or not, but an accumulation of technical, psychological, intellectual and social barriers, excluding individuals from access to and comprehension of information resources. Individual answers and social strategies must be aligned to reach the goal of informational participation for a maximum quantity of people. The museum studies already discussed such approaches. The paper considers statements by Volker Kirchberg (2005) to demonstrate how these studies can be worthwhile for the discussion of the topic. Finally, conceptions and suggestions are proposed how libraries can transform their virtual and physical spaces into places for actual informational participation. The paper argues that providing space for informational participation is one of the key challenges for libraries nowadays.
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