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Library Science


Ansprechpartnerin/Contact: Dr. Maria Henkel

Libraries can take a variety of forms and have many purposes, they provide an important third place (next to home and work) in the knowledge society to meet and exchange knowledge. Libraries of the 21st century have a mission to educate, inform and entertain the citizens of the knowledge society. They offer innovative services and (physical as well as digital) spaces to their patrons. The library has always been an ever-changing and evolving institution and an abundance of examples can be found of libraries that thrive, because they have transformed, by utilizing, for instance, open innovation to offer innovative services and spaces. Therefore, libraries present not only interesting research subjects for information science research but also prime examples for other institutions’ transformations in the transition to a knowledge society.


Henkel, M., Ilhan, A., Mainka, A., & Stock, W. G. (2018). Open innovation in libraries. Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 3 – 6, 2018, Waikoloa Village (pp. 4151-4160). Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society.

Henkel, M., Ilhan, A., Mainka, A., & Stock, W. G. (2017). Case studies on open innovation in libraries. In 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Washington, DC, Oct. 27 – Nov. 1, 2017 (pp. 705-706).

Stock, W. G. (2017). "Renaissance bibliothekarischer Räume". Herausforderungen an Bibliotheken in der Wissensgesellschaft. In P. Hauke, A. Kaufmann, & V. Petras (Eds.), Bibliothek - Forschung für die Praxis. Festschrift für Konrad Umlauf zum 65. Geburtstag (pp. 459-470). Berlin, Germany, Boston, MA: De Gruyter.