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1 Virtual Space Virtuous Place Samuel Demas ACRL/College Libraries Section ALA -- San Francisco June 2001 College Libraries in the 21st Century

2 Virtue/virtuous Virtue Having or showing moral goodness or righteousness; Virtuous According with, or conforming to, moral law or principles; morally good or justifiable. Values Gorman, Michael Our Enduring Values, ALA, 2000

3 Library Virtues n Stewardship of the record n Academic/intellectual freedom n Equity of access = freedom of access n Literacy, learning, & culture n Inquiry, study, contemplation, curiosity, privacy, community n Intellectual discourse n Public art and architecture n Serendipity & Choice

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11 Marcelee Gralapp Visionary of Place

12 Virtues of Place -- Spaces for: n [[Services]] n [Teaching] n [Collections] n [Collaboration] n Quietness n Social & Recreational n Cultural Events n Exhibits n Art, Design & Nature n Serendipity & Choice

13 1. Teaching spaces n Classrooms/discussion spaces n Collaboration and co-location u Writing centers u Computing centers u Career centers u Tutoring programs u Media services u Gallery/museum

14 2. Collection space n Supporting serendipity n Popular/specialized reading collections n Local authors/local history n Artists books

15 3. Collaborative learning n Group study/meeting rooms n Project work - In-house “Kinkos” n Furniture and workstations for collaborative computing

16 4. Quietness in public places n Virtues of intimacy u Quiet contemplation u Reading u Sleeping n Virtues of community u Peer pressure u Reading room culture u Group study

17 5. Social spaces n Conversing; meeting friends n Seeing and being seen n Flirting n Games and puzzles n Eating and drinking n Hanging out between classes n Campus visitors

18 Faculty/student informal chat

19 Café - Boulder

20 Library gift/book shop-Boulder

21 6. Cultural Events Building community and traditions n Vivify library as cultural center u Enliven campus social life u Celebrate community interests u Library as focal point of cultural life u Carleton College Athenaeum n Friends of the Library u Internet training & discussion u Book arts events

22 Reception for Emeritus Faculty

23 Athenaeum

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25 Student Presentation in the Athenaeum

26 Burns Night procession through the library

27 Celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday

28 Classics Department marathon reading of The Odyssey

29 Finals Story Hour

30 Tradition: student performance the day before finals

31 Tradition: library sponsored food break during finals

32 Team Reference serving ice cream cones to students on the first day of classes

33 Friends of the Library internet class for Senior Citizens

34 7. Exhibits n Why exhibits? u Highlight collection u Audience u Curricular connections & campus conversations n Challenges u Staff time and expertise u Making connections u Space, security, cases, conditions

35 Athenaeum - Display Cases

36 Archaeology class mounting an exhibit

37 Class viewing exhibit

38 Exhibit space in Denver PL

39 8. Art, nature & design n Why art? u Visual literacy u Audience = next generation n Challenges u Security u Conservation u Expertise u Cost

40 8. Art, nature and design n What art? u Scale and types of art presence F Appropriate to community & space u Themes and sources u Library/museum collaboration n How to proceed? u Museum function of the library u Connect with your arts community

41 Boulder Sundial

42 Outdoor Art - Denver

43 Boulder Mobile

44 Boulder Art gallery

45 Art in the Denver Public Library

46 Denver Public Library

47 Art Storage - Denver Public

48 Beethoven at Oberlin

49 Goddess oversees Oberlin online

50 Classical echoes

51 Art & Decorative Art Denver PL

52 Playful Furniture Boulder

53 Nature and Art Boulder

54 Trees in Boulder

55 Greenery

56 Flowers

57 Garden Reading Room- Boulder

58 Aquarium Boulder watershed display

59 Architecture Denver PL

60 Collaboration & lessons to create community & enhance library virtues n K-12 n Public Libraries n Art galleries and museums n Coffee houses n Academic support units n Artists, poets, writers, etc. n Student groups n Malls, grocery stores, bookstores

61 Next steps: n Allocate 1% for Virtues of Place u Assess your “place”, & your community’s needs, interests, and resources u Open dialog with potential collaborators u Make one enhancement each year n Joint programs u ACRL and PLA u AAM and ALA u IMLS sponsored-symposium?

62 Marcelee Grallap 21st Century Librarian & national treasure


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