Bildet er fra Quebec.
Den første tellingen jeg kjenner til, foregikk i Toronto og Vancouver i 1999 – tips fra Ragnar Audunson – og er dokumentert i artikkelen “The public place of central libraries: Findings from Toronto and Vancouver.” Siden de færreste har adgang til Library Quarterly, der artikkelen sto, er det lettere å konsultere “Sweeping” the library: Mapping the social activity space of the public library.
Danskene har også gjennomført en viktig trafikktelling – se Brugernes adfærd på folkebibliotekerne- og på IFLA-konferansen i Quebec i august legger jeg fram Count the traffic, med data fra Drammensbiblioteket:
- Leckie, G.J. & Hopkins, J. The public place of central libraries: Findings from Toronto and Vancouver. Library Quarterly, 72 (2002), pp. 326-372.
- Given, Lisa M. and Gloria J. Leckie. “Sweeping” the library: Mapping the social activity space of the public library. Library & Information Science Research. Vol. 25, Issue 4, Winter 2003, pp. 365-385.
- Kommunernes Landsforbund. Brugernes adfærd på folkebibliotekerne. KL’s trafiktælling 2004. Copenhagen: Kommunernes Landsforbund, 2004. – 19 pp.
Room geography uses mapping to study how individuals distribute themselves across a given space and has led to many findings about human spatial behavior and personal boundaries that are now quite familiar to many of us (Aiello, 1987).
For instance, when arriving at a library to study, individuals first try to find a place to sit at an empty table. If all tables have one occupant, individuals will then start to sit two to a table, sitting as far away as possible from the other occupant. In this way, individuals attempt to maintain a certain amount of personal space and privacy. Similar observations can be made regarding people sitting on public benches, or on public transportation, such as buses and trains. …
Investigations could encompass the following topics:
- (1) what people actually do, or prefer to do, in certain physical spaces;
- (2) how people perceive the public and private spaces that they use and visit;
- (3) how and why places become meaningful to various groups of people;
- (4) how people navigate within complex environments; and
- (5) how the preferences and behaviors of people can be used to design public spaces that work better to meet the needs of the people using them.
Kilde: Given (2003), s.371, 372.