All of us in libraries are aware of the current emphasis on the role of the library as a spot in “virtual space,” a node in the electronic universe. But while libraries’ presence in the virtual world is important, most libraries also continue to exist as physical places in their communities—places where library clients can gather, read, browse, study, search the Internet, ask questions, see a program, or just sit and think. In a world that is increasingly “virtual,” is the library’s role as a special physical place still important?
This issue, “The Library as Place,” provides a variety of affirmative answers to that question. Some articles describe the development of new library facilities to reflect a community’s distinctive character and serve its distinctive needs. Some articles discuss the development of the library as a community project, in which the library becomes a community center. Other articles consider the library’s place as a commons, as a refuge—as a site for ritual, abundance, and discovery.
Alki Editor: Carolynne Myall
Alki Editorial Committee: Sue Anderson; Kathleen Ardrey; Karen Diller; Nancy Huling; Cameron Johnson; Eva-Maria Lusk; Carla McLean; Nancy Schutz, intern; V. Louise Saylor, chair; Ginny Rabago, LINK editor
Cover by Dawn Holladay.
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Published December 1999
by Cameron A. Johnson, Everett Public Library
by Suzanne L. Jones, Little Boston Library
by Judy Pitchford, Washington Corrections Center Branch Library
by Vick Myers-Canfield, Spokane County Library District
by Eleanor Wheeler and Cynthia Harrison, Bainbridge Island Library
by Brian Soneda, West Richland Branch Library
by Linda Frederiksen, Washington State University, Vancouver
by Joan Norton, Brenda Philip, and Suzanne Klinger, University of Washington, Tacoma, Campus Library
by Eva-Maria Lusk, Spokane County Library District
by Cecilia P. McGowan, Spokane Public Library
by Charles H. Baumann
by Tony Wilson, Highline Community College
by Angelynn King, Armacost Library, University of Redlands
by Cindy Cunningham, Amazon.com
by Carolynne Myall, Eastern Washington University Libraries
by Tom Reynolds, Edmonds Library
by Nancy Pearl, Seattle Public Library