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The Dynamic Library presents essays in translation from an interdisciplinary symposium on the classification and organization of knowledge held at Sitterwerk, St.Gallen in Switzerland. Home to over 25,000 volumes on art, architecture, design, and photography, the Sitterwerk’s Kunstbibliothek (art library) began with the bequest of book collector and connoisseur Daniel Rohner (1948–2007). The question of how to systematically organize this idiosyncratic collection into a publicly accessible library was a fundamental concern, and a solution was found in a dynamic system of organization powered by RFID technology, which relies on digital tracking. The essays gathered in The Dynamic Library contextualize the Sitterwerk’s associative classification system amid artistic and historical systems of order while pointing to future methods for incorporating subjectivity and serendipity into the organization of knowledge.


Introduction: Marina Schütz
The Back Story of the Art Library: Felix Lehner

Classification Systems
Gerhard Matter: Introduction
Paul Michel: Organizing Knowledge
Tobias Schelling: Library Organization Systems
Philipp Messner: New Orders of Knowledge around 1900

Susanne Bieri: Introduction
Dorothée Bauerle-Willert: Aby Warburg’s Library and Picture Atlas
Hans Witschi: Handbook History
Hans Petschar: Notes on the Cataloging of Vienna’s Imperial Library

New Orders of Knowledge
Ariane Roth and Marina Schütz: Introduction
Anthon Astrom, Fabian Wegmuller, Lukas Zimmer: New Orders of Knowledge
Christian Kern: RFID: Applications and Implications—A Foundation for the Internet of Things
Claudia Mareis: Design Research and “Mode 2”—Knowledge Production

Editor(s): Ariane Roth, Marina Schütz
Year: 2015
Pages: 48
Dimensions: 5.8 x 9.4 in
Cover: Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-940190-09-9
Language: English
Found in: Archives  Criticism  Essays  History  Writing