Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Which Space Should You Focus On?

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Which Space Should You Focus On?

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Your physical space and your digital space--which one should you spend more time thinking about? In the past it was all about your physical area, of course. Then after computers became more common and resources morphed from print to electronic, the balance shifted. Now you probably spend more time thinking about digital topics, right? Well, the balance may be shifting back toward the middle.

The articles and columns that came in for this issue's theme of Physical Space, Digital Space revealed an emerging trend that I hadn't been aware of: Librarians are redesigning their physical areas to better accommodate the way groups of people are working with electronic information. Today, many group projects, in colleges and elsewhere, have a number of people crowding around one screen as they research or write together. Library spaces weren't designed for this, but neither, apparently, were any others on most campuses.

Libraries to the rescue! Not only is it not too difficult to set up collaborative workspaces, but it's also making libraries popular places to go again. …

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