The Dynamic Library

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THE DYNAMIC LIBRARY: ORGANIZING KNOWLEDGE AT THE SITTERWERK—PRECEDENTS AND POSSIBILITIES

Edited by Ariane Roth and Marina Schütz Translated by Alta L. Price 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. CONTENTS 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 Art 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 *The Dynamic Library: Organizing Knowledge at the Sitterwerk, Precedents and Possibilities was made possible with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.   About the Sitterwerk: The Kunstgiesserei (art foundry) and the non-commercial Sitterwerk Foundation—with its art library, material archive, studio house, and Kesselhaus Josephsohn—form a dynamic space in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where traditional crafts and the most modern technologies are directly connected in both theory and practice. www.sitterwerk.ch.