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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012

Understanding the Participatory Library Through a Grounded Theory Study
Linh Cuong Nguyen, Helen Partridge and Sylvia L. Edwards

Tuesday, 10:30am


Lankes and Silverstein (2006) introduced the "participatory library" and suggested that the nature and form of the library should be explored. In the last several years, some attempts have been made in order to develop contemporary library models that are often known as Library 2.0. However, little research has been based on empirical data and such models have had a strong focus on technical aspects but less focus on participation. The research presented in this paper fills this gap. A grounded theory approach was adopted to this study. Six librarians were involved in in-depth individual interviews. As a preliminary result, five main factors of the participatory library emerged including technological, human, educational, social-economic, and environmental. Five factors influencing the participation in libraries were also identified: finance, technology, education, awareness, and policy. The study's findings provide a fresh perspective on contemporary library and create a basis for further studies on this area.