Good practices

Turn on Literature

EU FUNDING PROGRAME 
  • Creative Europe
KEY ACTIONS 
  • Cooperation project
  • Culture strand
COUNTRY/IES 
  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Romania
LIBRARY/IES 
  • Bergen Public Libraries, Sweden
  • BIBLIOTECA JUDETEANA ANTIM IVIREANU VALCEA, Romania
METHOD & TOOLS 
  • Best practice guidance

TOPICS

Promoting digital literature
Audience development
LIBRARY LEADYes
GRANT SIZE195.958,00 €
YEAR2016-2018
PROJECT REFERENCE570446-CREA-1-2016-1-DK-CULT-COOP1

Literature is always on the move. The experimental arena of digital literature is one of those moves to follow.

The modern library and cultural institutions should seize the opportunity to reposition themselves and suit their visitors’ needs in an increasingly digitized world. It is time to move and be moved. The Turn on Literature project shows how.

How can libraries introduce new digital literature to the public? It has been the objective of the “Turn on Literature” project to find solutions to this question. The partners have approached the field of digital literature through the work with literary installations, exhibitions, and workshops in Romania, Denmark and Norway.

The general idea has been to seize the opportunities that digital literature offers for audience development and repositioning the library. In an increasingly digitized world, where cultural consumption has moved to screens and digital devices, the project has shown that literature can still play a key role as a space of reflection and criticism. If the novel, as some say, was the literary expression of industrialized society, then digital literature arguably is the literary form of the digital age. Although one should rather not talk of a form of digital literature, but a plurality of forms.

Digital literature takes many different directions and comes in many shapes. Interactive novels, app-literature, installations mixing physical and digital media, game-like applications, generative and combinatory poetry, social media literature. So all kinds of wondrous stuff. Digital literature is an emerging field where authors combine language with the affordances of digital devices and one does not know what to expect next. Infect one of the constants in digital literature is that you will be surprised. This partnership has paved the way for the cultural sector to reach new generations of readers and present new ways for libraries to stay relevant.

The project has opened a new field of cooperation between libraries and schools, raised the awareness of digital literature in libraries, but more importantly in the general public. It has supplied libraries with methods to renew its approach to literature. In the publication “Turn on Literature” we have presented all the experiences we have collected, our best practice tips, recommendations and lots of digital literature. We hope to inspire you to get started with digital literature in your organization .

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