Drawing on a study of Danish public libraries, we examine the transformation of the institution of the public library from a knowledge space for information access and learning to a collaborative space for civil creativity and innovation. We identify three imaginaries that enabled this transformation: city, community, and creation. Each imaginary conveyed meaning multimodally, that is, through verbal, visual, and material modes of communication. We propose that multimodal imaginaries are effective for transforming pre-existing spaces, even institutionalized ones, into collaborative spaces.
|Title of host publication||Collaborative Spaces at Work : Innovation, Creativity and Relations|
|Editors||Fabrizio Montanari, Elisa Mattarelli, Anna Chiara Scapolan|
|Number of pages||20|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Series||Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies|