Informational cities and city innovation : (re)defining the strategic footprint of public libraries
Faculty of Applied Economics
Potsdam , 2012
City of Flow Conference, 12-14 July 2012 Potsdam (Germany)
University of Antwerp
On the basis of an explorative case-study research, we describe and typify the (changing) strategic role of 9 public libraries within the urban networks aiming for the future development and innovation of Flemish and Dutch cities. Although the City of Flows (Manuel Castells) was initially not used as the central frame of reference, it was used ex-post to embed and relate the research results inductively to a suitable theoretical frame of reference. The collected data reveal the existence - or rise ? - of one generic strategic role and three more specific strategic roles (i.e. an urban landmark, an area-oriented herald and/or a target group patron). Each strategic role has specific implications for content- and process-related policy issues within these public libraries. The paper identifies, depicts and illustrates the nature of these specific policy issues.