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Title:Private Libraries in China: Their Diversity, Informatization, and Role as Public Spaces
Author(s):Wang, Zizhou; Yin, Peili; Hanhua, Wu
Subject(s):Private libraries
China
Public space
Abstract:Private libraries in China—most of which were created by bottom-up processes, not top-down government mandates—offer a diversity of services to a range of constituencies. They offer individuals space for reading and study, information exchange, interpersonal communication, IT training, amusement, recreation, and entertainment. They offer schools and communities an aggregated abundance of social resources in a learning-centered atmosphere, which in turn enhances school- and community-based cooperation. For society as a whole, they offer support for the elimination of “knowledge poverty,” and a boost for public service and civil society. Thus they function, to some degree, as community informatization commons and community-based public space.
Issue Date:2013
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 62(1) Summer 2013: 160-179.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/46270
ISSN:0024-2594
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-21
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