This volume is the first to examine the social, cultural, and political implications of the shift from the traditional forms and functions of print-based libraries to the delivery of online information in educational contexts. Libr@ries are conceptualized as physical places, virtual spaces, communities of literate practice, and discourses of information work.

Despite the centrality of libraries in literacy and learning, the study of libraries has remained isolated within the disciplinary boundaries of information and library science since its inception in the early twentieth century. The aim of this book is to problematize and thereby mainstream this field of intellectual endeavor and inquiry. Collectively the contributors interrogate the presuppositions of current library practice, seek to understand how library as place and library as space blend together in ways that may be both contradictory and complementary, and envision new modes of information access and new multimodal literacies enabled by online environments.

Libr@ries: Changing Information Space and Practice is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and educators in the fields of literacy and multiliteracies education, communication technologies in education, library sciences, information and communication studies, media and cultural studies, and the sociology of computer-mediated space.

part I|88 pages

Arobase Space

chapter 2|19 pages

Literacy Spaces—Library Design

chapter 3|20 pages

Ordered by Desire

School Libraries in Past and Present Times

chapter 4|16 pages

From Library to Cybrary

Changing the Focus of Library Design and Service Delivery

chapter 5|16 pages

Surrogation, Mediation, and Collaboration

Access to Digital Images in Cultural Heritage Institutions

part II|88 pages

Arobase Knowledge

chapter 6|21 pages

Next Generation Metadata Tools

Supporting Dynamic Knowledge Spaces

chapter 8|17 pages

Cybraries in Paradise

New Technologies and Ethnographic Repositories

part III|118 pages

Arobase Capital

chapter 11|14 pages

The Politics and Philosophy of E-Text

Use Value, Sign Value, and Exchange Value in the Transition From Print to Digital Media

chapter 12|18 pages

Alternatives to Pay-for-View

The Case for Open Access to Historical Research and Scholarship

chapter 13|23 pages

Search Engine Anatomy

The Industry and Its Commercial Structure

chapter 14|18 pages

Monopoly, Monopsony, and the Value of Culture in a Digital Age

An Axiology of Two Multimedia Resource Repositories

chapter 15|10 pages

Structuring Open Access to Knowledge

The Creative Commons Story