The concept of a "Smart Library" is part of the "Smart City" idea, which includes the use of technologies to reach a sustainable, green and effective life in the city. Also the aspect of collaboration on a local level and the concept of Citizen Sciences is a crucial part of the Smart City.
It is challenging to come to a unified definition of this concept and to figure out what is feasible for each institution. We introduce several technology trends and in order to find out, what makes a library "smart", we will discuss some international Best Practice examples.
Inspired by that input we collaboratively begin to write a book on "Smart Libraries" in a book sprint workshop. The participants will have the possibility to contribute with an article, which might be a Best Practice report from their own institutions or may deal with a particular aspect of the concept.
Linda Freyberg, PhD candidate at Doctoral Research Group Knowledge Cultures/Digital Media at Leuphana University in Lüneburg and Urban Complexity Lab, University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam
Sabine Wolf, Diploma-Librarian, Coach for Communication and Behaviour
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