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The interactive childrenīs library is an untraditional and interdisciplinary research and development project exploring the childrenīs library of the future. Aarhus Public Libraries have joined forces with IT City ISIS Katrinebjerg, The University of Southern Denmark, four business enterprises and public libraries at Hjørring, Odder, Silkeborg and Vejle to develop systematic research and collect empirical knowledge about childrenīs use of interactive means within the framework of childrenīs libraries. The project development is based on childrenīs needs, culture and cultural experiences, and the research will be put to use in the shaping of a concept for the interior of the interactive childrenīs library of the future. A library where IT-services based on pervasive computing, broadband network, 3D visualisation and interactivity constitute the instruments uniting the virtual with the physical. The object is to meet childrenīs needs for spaces providing new experiences, learning, events, sense impressions and physical activity. However, the library must still aim to be the place where children come to retrieve information which can contribute to support their cultural and democratic place in society.
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