Third Space: Creating a Library Environment That Opens Doors for Collaboration, Value, and Student Achievement
Pennington, Tara M.
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The idea of creating third space in a library environment is emerging in the profession of librarianship. Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction (Wikipedia). Libraries are competing with bookstores to attract and keep patrons by creating a valuable atmosphere that encourages teacher and librarian collaboration and student achievement. This research problem is a review of literature on the concept of third spaces in libraries. This research draws upon journal articles and blogs from professionals in the library field. The research concluded third space libraries will attract and keep patrons if a welcoming and interesting environment is presented. Furthermore, given a third space in the library, teachers and librarians were more willing to collaborate with each other and students and academic achievement was at a greater level for students.