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Kulturfrämjande eller läsfrämjande?: En studie i läsfrämjande aktiviteter på två folkbibliotek
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Promoting culture or reading? : A study in reading stimulating activities at two public libraries (English)
Abstract [en]

 The purpose of this master’s thesis is to examine how two libraries, Sundbyberg bibliotek and Rinkeby bibliotek,

work with activities that promote and stimulate reading among children and youths. The main purpose behind

this study is to examine what kind of activities the libraries offer, how they are received by the children and

youths participating in them and lastly how the libraries deal with children and youths who are disinterested in

reading.

The theoretical base for this study is discourse analysis, which is used to distinguish a structure in the interviews

with the librarians from the two libraries. Furthermore, research results in the field of activities that promote

reading among children and youths form a backdrop for the study as well as a framework onto which the

empirical results are hung.

The methods used in this study are qualitative interviews and text analysis. One librarian from Sundbyberg

bibliotek has been interviewed and two librarians from Rinkeby bibliotek. The text analysis was based on policy

documents, the websites of the respective libraries and lastly the social media where the libraries are active.

The main results show that the libraries have similar attitudes regarding the importance of reading for children

and youths. Furthermore, the librarians all showed a wide variety of activities that are intended to stimulate

reading for children and youths. These activities can be divided into either direct or indirect reading stimulating

activities. The direct activities deal with reading in a literal sense and books are a clear topic. The indirect activities,

however, are a way to mediate between the child and the youth, and reading. Instead of having books as a

topic, these activities are overtly about something else, such as films or playtime for toddlers. Reading is implied

but never mentioned directly. This division is in place because children and youths are less inclined to participate

in activities that are overtly about reading since there are a large number of children and youths who do not appreciate

reading.

This is a two years master’s thesis in Archive, Library and Museum studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 79 p.
Series
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 727
Keyword [en]
Reading, reading stimulating activities, promoting culture, discourse, children and youths
Keyword [sv]
Läsning, läsfrämjande, kulturfrämjande, diskurs, barn och ungdomar
National Category
Cultural Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325446Local ID: 727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325446DiVA: diva2:1114645
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
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Available from: 2017-06-25 Created: 2017-06-25 Last updated: 2017-06-25Bibliographically approved

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