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Aale Luusua, Johanna Ylipulli, and Matti Pouke. 2019. Meso-Level Strategies for Design Participation and Education: Libraries as networked learning spaces. In Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference (FabLearn Europe ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 23, 1–2. DOI:

Meso-level strategies for design participation and education : libraries as networked learning spaces

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Author: Luusua, Aale1; Ylipulli, Johanna2; Pouke, Matti3
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit ITEE Faculty, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
3UBICOMP Research Unit ITEE Faculty, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-01-13


Design participation and education are important vehicles for building citizenship skills in democratic societies. However, there is a considerable gap between macro-level aims to include the civil society at large and Participatory Design (PD) methods to include citizens on the micro-level. Thus, we argue for meso-level approaches that would enable PD and education practitioners to build scalable methods of digital inclusion. We present the case of Virtual Library in Oulu City Library as a hands-on case study example in our workshop. In order to build scalable methods, we offer libraries as an example of a networked learning space to achieve this synergistically with an existing social and cultural service program, the public library system. We invite practitioners, educators and scholars from all backgrounds to explore, develop and critique meso-level approaches and networked learning spaces in their various cultural and national contexts of practice at this two-hour long workshop.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6266-5
Article number: 23
DOI: 10.1145/3335055.3335078
Host publication: FabLearn Europe '19 : Proceedings of the FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference Oulu, Finland — May 28 - 29, 2019
Conference: FabLearn Europe Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: We sincerely thank our study participants and the library staff. Dr. Luusua gratefully acknowledges the grant from the Academy of Finland (#316136). Dr. Ylipulli wishes to thank City of Helsinki, City of Espoo and City of Vantaa for financial support.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 316136
Detailed Information: 316136 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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