Category Archives: Processing Posts

A Book On A Wall

The methods by which we have displayed works of scholarship have been formed throughout the last century into a specific genre, that of publication. However we have began now to explore different, more creative methods of informing readers and spectators of scholarly information. A prime example of this is the work being done in the… Read More »

Scholarship as Exhibition

The readings from The Exhibition as Product and Generator of Scholarship touched on a lot of the ideas I had been having in regard to our final project, and how I would be able to transform my ideas from a simple academic paper into an exhibition. Being primarily interested in the theory/ideas side of media… Read More »

Library as 3rd Place

No one tells you to go ask a librarian anymore. Even while doing a report for school and acting as a scholar/journalist, people have often told me off by referring me to a higher power: “you can probably find it on Google.” Which often makes me wonder if Google is a he or a she?… Read More »

The Library as Community space

I was most interested in the idea of the dual existence of the Library as a place for the community.  This weeks readings focused on how Libraries function, not just literally but also socially, and the kinds of things we expect from Libraries that go beyond the bare bones definition of what we expect from… Read More »

Libraries and Their Ever Shifting Roles

Each of the readings harks back to two main themes: public and community space. I have been to this small library called Mellow Pages in Bushwick a couple of times for different events. Each time I got a sense that this library’s main purpose is to create community (its small space, emphasis on public events,… Read More »

Libraries Won’t Disappear, But What About Us?

This week’s readings explored how libraries are seeking to define themselves both conceptually and spatially in an increasingly digitized (and stratified) society. In a world where many of us carry around devices that can instantly connect us to an infinite amount of information and still others lack basic internet access (including over 40% of Brooklyn… Read More »

Public and Little libraries

Public libraries have taken important roles in our society. Nowadays, they are seen as “community centers,” “public squares,” “think tanks,” and “open platforms,” as Shannon Mattern points out. David Giles also mentions that “public libraries are a key component of the city’s human capital system…New York’s public libraries play a critical role in helping adults… Read More »

Home Library

As I was reading for this week, I thought about how books were placed in this house I am living now. The novel I am currently reading is right next to my bed. There are books that are owned by my host sister. Most of her books are in a bookshelf. Some are used to… Read More »

The Spaces and Places of Memory and Knowledge

Taken individually, none of the objects at the Mmuseum in Chinatown would be of much significance. Set up in an defunct elevator shaft, the museum’s tiny shelves are lined with an odd collection of everyday artifacts including toothpaste bottles from around the world, moss specimens, peep show coins and an assortment of plastic spoons. As… Read More »

Classification and Accumulation

“The Industrial Library” and “Think/Classify” have a very important theme in common: the apparent need to classify and organize. The more “stuff” that is one place the more accessible is has to be. At least, that is the trend in “The Industrial Library” and catalog systems. For example, Panizzi introduced “call numbers” in order to… Read More »