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Title: The social weaving of a reading atmosphere
Authors: Sequeiros, Paula 
Keywords: atmosfera de leitura; reading atmosphere; bibliotecas públicas; public libraries; leitura em bibliotecas; reading in libraries; espaço; space; ruído; noise
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sage
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Abstract: This paper discusses how public library readers in Almeida Garrett, Porto, create a reading atmosphere, focusing on meanings associated with aural conditions. Through a qualitative, single case study, ethnographic and interview techniques were applied. Readers’ actual practices and discourses, through a theoretical sample, and those of managers, staff and architects were analysed; a spatial analysis was conducted within the framework of social inequalities and power relations. The paper proposes the concept of reading atmosphere and suggests that its social production is based on a tacit, informal code of conduct in which some regular readers played an influential role. Some recommendations on service provision are made.
ISSN: 0961-0006
DOI: 10.1177/0961000611425823
Rights: openAccess
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