The role of public libraries in knowledge cities
The term Knowledge City has entered the lexicons of knowledge management, urban planning, economic development, and other disciplines. It refers to urban areas that are intentionally designed and governed to facilitate the creation and flow of knowledge for sustainable economic development. How might a citys decision to pursue a Knowledge City initiative affect that citys public library system? In turn, how might the public library system redefine and/or redesign itself to support such an initiative? This literature review is a first step toward addressing those questions. The review identifies some implications for public libraries posed by the Knowledge City concept. Although some of these implications have been identified and addressed individually from other focal pointspublic access to information technology, the library as place, etc.this study examines them in aggregate in an attempt to identify the public librarys role in a Knowledge City. A conceptual framework for that role is presented that can provide direction for empirical investigation. The framework includes attributes of physical location, architecture, and facilities (including communication and information technology); collections and services provided; staff diversity and skill sets, and political and institutional partnerships.
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