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Meaningful reading experiences among elderly: some insights from a small-scale study of Swedish library outreach service
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2019 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 24, no 1, article id isic1836Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction.This paper reports on a small-scale empirical study of Swedish elderly citizens, focusing on their everyday use of literature, provided by public library outreach services.

Methods. Empirical data was gathered by telephone interviews with six elderly citizens - four women and two men.

Analysis. A qualitatively oriented text analysis was conducted. The transcripts were interpreted through an analytical framework based on the concepts reading experience, social inclusion and identity-shaping.

Results. The participants’ articulated reading experiences show that reading provides opportunities for both escapism and intellectual stimulation. High quality service and literature is expected and much appreciated.

Conclusion. The analysis indicates that the outreach service in focus serves both as a practical link between the library’s collection and the patrons, and as a social link connecting the elderly to society at large. The service plays a crucial role for the ability of the elderly in shaping and upholding their identities as readers.

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2019. Vol. 24, no 1, article id isic1836
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379556ISI: 000461468700020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379556DiVA, id: diva2:1296832
Conference
ISIC Information Behaviour Conference, OCT 09-11, 2018, Krakow, POLAND
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved

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