Anchors Amidst the Flows: Urban Public Libraries and the Importance of Media Places

Shannon C. Mattern
Department of Media Studies and Film, The New School, US

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Ingår i: The ESF-LiU Conference Cities and Media: Cultural Perspectives on Urban Identities in a Mediatized World Vadstena; Sweden; 25-29 October; 2

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 20:28, s. 188–204

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Publicerad: 2007-03-06


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


With increased popular and scholarly interest in the impact of digital media technologies on city planning and urban living; the significance of physical places; where people can access material media; is often overlooked. I argue that public libraries play important social roles in facilitating media access for technological have-nots; in remaining as one of the city’s few remaining freely accessible public spaces; and in maintaining environments uniquely suited to the access of physical media with distinctive material qualities.


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