Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as Multicommons

588ca5cdd65cf9036260a5a2a38f5497?s=47 Anna Gold
September 18, 2013

Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as Multicommons

Presented at OKCon in September 2013 (Geneva) as part of panel on Open Culture and Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums)


Anna Gold

September 18, 2013


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  2. Open Culture at the Heart of the University: Libraries as

    Multicommons Anna Gold University Librarian, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Open Knowledge Conference, 2013
  3. Outline 1.  Plowing the dark 2. e multicommons 2.1 Plowing

    the commons 2.2 Programming the commons 2.3 Commons and place 3. Steering the multicommons
  4. 1. Plowing the dark

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  7. e holodeck "functions as a cultural repository of narrative possibilities

    that would normally be excluded from the ship's own sociohistorical moment.” (Hardy & Kukla)
  8. “Real things invite inspection. Sabotage can be detected. Hacking is

    possible.” (Brantley)
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  11. space + tools + people = multicommons

  12. 2. e multicommons

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  14. “A commons is a shared space and collection of resources

    activated, managed, and cared for by the public for the bene t of all. A cultural commons is a similar environment. It encourages the sharing and remixing of ideas, art forms, and culture.” (Walker Art Center)
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  23. 2.1 Plowing the commons “ e commons of culture is

    a huge lake; young artists are sponges at its shores. Some become great rivers as well, and feed the lake.” (Hyde)
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  29. “Many libraries are becoming maker spaces, providing opportunities where people

    can gather and create.” (PPS)
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  33. “The longer I work at Kennedy Library, the more I

    realize that it’s not just a big cement box filled with books and computers and couches. The library is a project, a work-in-progress, constantly growing and expanding and changing as students’ needs change.”
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  36. …then click the placeholders to add your own pictures and

    captions. CHOOSE A LAYOUT
  37. Click a picture, and then click the Format Picture tab

    to create your own frames and make picture corrections such as adjusting contrast and brightness or cropping the picture for just the right look.
  38. 2.2 Programming the commons

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  42. 2.3 Commons and place

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  47. 1.  Water element 2.  Lighting use and design 3.  Moveable

    seating 4.  Tents and awnings 5.  Vending carts 6.  Bus shelters 7.  Food 8.  Sitwalls, ledges, and steps 9.  Signage 10. Waste receptacles 11. Seating 12. Benches
  48. #6: Bus shelters

  49. 1. The community is the expert.

  50. 6. Start with the petunias.

  51. 11. You are never finished

  52. 3. Steering the multicommons

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  59. “[ e library’s] attention is on learning that serves the

    well-being of the larger community, even if that community extends beyond their organizational tribe.” (Vanasupa, SUSTAIN SLO)
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  61. “For the rst time in as long as she cared

    to remember, the future held more pictures than the past.’’ - Plowing the Dark
  62. open culture needs a multicommons: place and tools for the

    people programs of the people steering by the people
  63. ank you!

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  65. Sources: Slide 5: REFERENCE: Powers, Richard (2000). Plowing the Dark.

    IMAGE: Slide 6: REFERENCE: - Review of Plowing the Dark, New York Times IMAGE: Slide 7: REFERENCE: Sarah Hardy & Rebecca Kukla, "A Paramount Narrative: Exploring Space on the Starship Enterprise" e Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 2 (1999): 182. Citation from Wikipedia, “holodeck,” retrieved August 15, 2013, IMAGE: Slide 8: REFERENCE: IMAGE: Slide 9: REFERENCE AND IMAGE: holodeck-the-reality-deck.html
  66. Sources, continued: Slide 10: IMAGE: les/2013/03/concrete-canvas-shelter-interior.jpg Slide 11: IMAGE: Slide 13: REFERENCE: Hyde, Lewis (2010). Common as Air. IMAGE: Slide 14: REFERENCE: eld/index.php?page_id=18 IMAGE: les/2010/05/Green_ eld_by_Clav.jpg Slide 15: REFERENCE, IMAGE: eld-book-intro-sarah-schultz-pete Slide 16: REFERENCE, IMAGE: eld-book-intro-sarah-schultz-pete Slide 17: REFERENCE: eld/ IMAGE: les/gallery_images/ young_dont_you_feel_it_nic_mall_2010.jpg.crop_display.jpg
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    accessed August 15, 2013; Eschenfelder et al., 2013. “How institutionalized are model license use terms? An analysis of e-journal license use rights clauses from 2000 to 2009.” College & Research Libraries: 74:4, July 2013. IMAGE: le.jpg Slide 20: REFERENCE: Hyde, Lewis, 2010. Common as air, p. 37 (“beating the bounds”). IMAGE: Slide 21: IMAGE: Slide 22: IMAGE: Slide 23: REFERENCE: - Lewis Hyde, Common As Air (p. 204) IMAGE: Slide 24: IMAGE: Kennedy Library. See also: http://www.
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    Archives, and Museums Part 1: Site Reviews. Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research, Cyndi Shein, Getty Research Institute IMAGE: Slide 32: REFERENCE: Slide 33: REFERENCE: big-shift/ Slide 34: IMAGE: http://www. Slide 35: REFERENCE: IMAGES: lipino-love-stories.html Slide 36: IMAGE: Kennedy Library, Cal Poly Slide 37: IMAGE: Kennedy Library, Cal Poly
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    Library, Cal Poly Slide 43: IMAGE: Slide 44: REFERENCE: IMAGE: les/2013/05/Atrium-Fountain.gif Slide 45: IMAGE: Kennedy Library, Cal Poly Slide 46: REFERENCE and IMAGE: Slide 47: REFERENCE: Slide 48: IMAGE: s1600/San%2BLuis%2BObispo.jpg
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    Great Community Places IMAGE: Kennedy Library, Cal Poly Slide 50: IMAGE: http://www. bhwZzP-7xC67H-8wQLff-7jy16E-5h2yU9/ Slide 51: IMAGE: http://www. Slide 53: REFERENCE: Project for great public spaces: “What Makes San Luis Obispo Farmers Market a Great Place?” IMAGE: http://www. Slide 54: REFERENCE: Hyde, Lewis (2010). Common as Air. IMAGE: http://www. Slide 55: REFERENCE: Oldenburg, Ray (1989). e Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts, and How ey Get You rough the Day. New York: Paragon House IMAGE:
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    57: REFERENCES:, IMAGE: requirements/ Slide 58-59 REFERENCE: Slide 60: IMAGE: Kennedy Library, Cal Poly Slide 61: REFERENCE: Powers, Richard (2000). Plowing the Dark.