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Title:Public Library Buildings in Finland: An Analysis of the Architectural and Librarianship Discourses from 1945 to the Present
Author(s):Mehtonen, Pentti
Subject(s):Library design
Abstract:The history of public library buildings in Finland from 1945 to the present is analyzed by examining the Finnish architectural and librarianship discourses on library planning and design. Two Finnish journals were chosen as the main research material: Arkkitehti, the main national publication for Finnish architects, and Kirjastolehti, the major publication for Finnish librarians. The key historical features of the architectural and librarianship discourses are presented within the wider context. A closer analysis of five representative library buildings is also presented. The specific architectural discourse on library design is found to have been largely determined by the changes in the Finnish architectural discourse in general; the representational conventions of a genre determined the way the library buildings were presented. The practical demands of library work have largely guided the Finnish librarianship discourse on library planning and design, but in many cases the discussion was also more progressive and future-oriented.
Issue Date:2011
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 60 (1) Summer 2011: 152-173.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-06-26

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