MEDIATHEQUE: the cloud as ubiquitous knowledge infrastructure

ARCH 374 | Spring 2018
Associate Professor Therese Tierney


Knowledge and information are primary factors that contribute to determining an individual's quality of life. The role of a library, which in the past emphasized knowledge as materiality, has been transformed through the auspices of the Internet.   Structural functionalities such as open access and open source, allow for more egalitarian knowledge sharing.  Concurrently, other social aspects such as multiculturalism, increased leisure time, and life-long education also influence programmatic decisions.

If we take a closer look at transmission systems, the notion of a library is rapidly expanding into a digital information and tools space – including fab labs, video processing and desktop publishing facilities.  Cooperative library networks provide greater access to all urban residents regardless of income level.  Today libraries are also expanding as a community spaces in order to cultivate cultural activities and strengthen local bonds. Based on such environmental and technological factors of change, public multi-media libraries have a new role in sharing and expanding their digital-based information services, strengthening accessibility, and better managing existing collections.