The social weaving of a reading atmosphere

Sequeiros, Paula The social weaving of a reading atmosphere. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 2011, vol. 43, n. 4, pp. 261-270. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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This paper discusses how public library readers in Almeida Garrett, Porto, create a reading atmosphere, focusing on meanings associated with aural conditions. Through a qualitative, single case study, ethnographic and interview techniques were applied. Readers’ actual practices and discourses, through a theoretical sample, and those of managers, staff and architects were analysed; a spatial analysis was conducted within the framework of social inequalities and power relations. The paper proposes the concept of reading atmosphere and suggests that its social production is based on a tacit, informal code of conduct in which some regular readers played an influential role. Some recommendations on service provision are made.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: behaviour, public library, space, regulations, noise, social classes
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
Depositing user: Ana Paula Sequeiros
Date deposited: 23 Nov 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:24

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