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Understanding The Role of Values in Library Design

Advances in Library Administration and Organization

ISBN: 978-0-76231-195-8, eISBN: 978-1-84950-338-9

ISSN: 0732-0671

Publication date: 20 July 2005


It has been suggested that “space and artifacts constitute systems of communication which organizations build up within themselves” (Gagliardi, 1992a, b, p. vi) and reflect the cultural life within that organization. This is a study of how the “landscape” of a public library (“Library X”), as an information retrieval system, relates to the values of the people who created it. The efforts here are geared towards understanding the physical instantiation of institutional culture and, more specifically, institutional values as they are reflected through the artifact.


Pavlovsky, L. (2005), "Understanding The Role of Values in Library Design", Garten, E.D., Williams, D.E. and Nyce, J.M. (Ed.) Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Advances in Library Administration and Organization, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 157-274.



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