Public library: Public library (repertorium)

Collection Title:

Public library

Identification/URL:

http://www.memoryoftheworld.org/

Creator:

Marcell Mars & Tomislav Medak

Abstract:

See Public library.

Acquisition Information:

Public Library is a case for the institution of public library and its principle of the universal access to knowledge. Public Library is an exploration of a distributed infrastructure for amateur librarians. Public Library is the encounter of the two.

Public Library is a collection of collections. It draws its inspiration and builds upon the efforts of Aaaaarg, Library Genesis, Monoskop and UbuWeb (see their respective repertoriums) to create a networked infrastructure of universal access to knowledge.

Public Library’s aim is to promote, connect and improve that infrastructure. It does so through:

— presenting artworks (see repertoriums):

— digitization projects (see repertoriums):

— software development:

— building of DIY bookscanners:

— workflows taught in workshops.

Conditions Governing Access:

Free.

Biographical/Historical Information:

Public Library was initiated in 2012 upon the invitation of Kiberpipa to curate their biannual HAIP festival in Ljubljana. Conceived at a moment where public libraries came under threat of austerity measures and where the networked infrastructures of sharing came under increased threat of closing, it was aimed at strengthening and connecting those infrastructures and provoking debates that addressed the imposed and implicit territorial, socio-economic and legal barriers to the universal access to knowledge.

Since this initial outing, Public Library continued to be developed and presented a.o. in the exhibitions “Dear Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana and “Really Useful Knowledge” in the Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, in hackathons at Impakt festival in Utrecht, in Post-Digital Publishing workshop at Transmediale in Berlin, in Archive/Anarchive/Public Library workshop at Kuda.org in Novi Sad, in the residencies at Constant in Bruxelles, Calafou in Barcelona, MayDay Rooms in London and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

Public Library exhibition and conference in Stuttgart is organized together with the Akademie Schloss Solitude and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.

Subjects:

public library, universal access to knowledge, distributed infrastructure, digitization, aggregation, catalogue