McLuhan Salon #6: Libraries as Media Spaces: Technology, Debate, Equity

14Mar18

We will explore the “massive revolution” over the past 15 years in how libraries operate, including their role as a neutral space to exchange ideas. No longer just book depots with “shushing” librarians, public libraries are in fact lively and interactive spaces that contend with issues of relevance to us all with accessible technology, focusing on diversity and equity in neutral public spaces and platforms for discussion and debate. 

This event aims to present the most modern and cutting-edge view of what libraries do and how they serve their communities in 2018 and is presented in partnership with Prof. Paolo Granata’s Readers and Readerships course and his students in the Book and Media Studies Program at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.

This event (2:30 to 4:00 PM) will be held in the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library and no tickets are required. Join us!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St, Toronto)

2:30 – 4:00 PM – Panel and discussion

With Toronto’s City Librarian Vickery Bowles; Manager of Cultural and Special Event Programming at the TPL Gregory McCormick; Book and Media Studies program director Paolo Granata; and other guests.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Atrium of Toronto Reference Library and no tickets are required.

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The McLuhan Salons series is an initiative of the St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, in conjunction with the Estate of Marshall McLuhan and several high-level academic and cultural institutions, and generously supported by the William and Nona Heaslip Foundation.

Curators: Paolo Granata, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto; David Nostbakken, McLuhan Fellow at the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology.



One Response to “McLuhan Salon #6: Libraries as Media Spaces: Technology, Debate, Equity”

  1. Alex,By way of anti-environment… Jim Always Room for One More April 23, 2018 3:05 p.m. ET Much as I appreciate Jorge Luis Borges’s likening of a library to paradise, and Alberto Manguel’s touting of one as heaven (“Putting Your Self on a Shelf” by Ernest Hilbert, Spring Books, April 14), I still prefer the late James Salter’s sensual equivalence of accumulating books to “a sultan or khan who has countless wives already but another two or three are always irresistible” (introduction to “Phantoms on the Bookshelves” by Jacques Bonnet). Anthony Crebbin Kansas City, Mo. Letter to Editors Wall Street Journal


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