Are we making libraries for people or libraries for books?

Christian Lauersen om biblioteket som plats för människor eller för böcker.

The Library Lab

What is the purpose of the academic library building when it’s no longer filled with a physical collection of books and journals?

I had the pleasure of presenting two different perspectives on the development of the physical academic library space at The Danish Research Library Association’s annual meeting in Aarhus on the 17th and 18th of September (slides can be seen at the bottom of this post).

The two perspectives is what I call the traditional and the intelligent library space.

The intelligent library space is grounded in our work with Digital Social Science Lab at The Faculty Library of Social Sciences – a physical lab to connect academia with tools, skills and methods to handle data. The ‘intelligent’ part is the skills that is embedded in the lab.

Asking the right question: ”Why?”

The development of the intelligent library is closely related to the development of the traditional…

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