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Peer Reviewed


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Journal/Book/Conference Title

Reference & User Services Quarterly


Much has been written recently about the “library as place.” This essay approaches the question of library space philosophically, arguing that developing commercial attitudes toward space leads us away from more productive ways of conceiving libraries. A concept called Third Space is introduced, and its relevance to libraries and librarianship is explored. Third Space is defined and applied to various library concepts, especially information literacy. The article contends that thinking about Third Space can help libraries and librarians develop ways of working with increasingly diverse populations in increasingly dynamic contexts.

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Reference & User Services Quarterly, 50:4 (2011) pp. 338-350.


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