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Invandrade kvinnors upplevelser av informationssamhället - spelar biblioteket någon roll?: En kvalitativ studie om informationsbehov, användning och sökning
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Immigrant women and their experiences of the informaiton society - does the library matter? : A qualitative study on information need, seeking and use (English)
Abstract [en]

This master´s thesis presents a study of female immigrants. Using a qualitative method I sought knowledge and understanding of these women´s information behaviour.  The purpose of this paper was to study the user group´s information need, use and seek. It was an interesting aspect to see what barriers they felt themselves struggle against in situations of seeking information. Another aspect was to find out their likenesses and differences in terms of need, use and seek. Finally I wanted to explore what experiences the user group had of the library and how it can develop it´s activity to better suit the immigrants. The theoretical procedure has taken support from the theories and work of Pierre Bourdieu. Among other things it was possible to state that the social sphere of the women played a big part in their information seeking behaviour. The circle of friends and family were in fact the biggest source of information. The study shows that the govenment has been absent and that the immigrants lacked a lot of information since the arrival to Sweden. It has also been proved that a few of these women live in absence of vital information. A fact which is related to Chatman´s small world theory. It means that these women are locked in a situation without access to information and that the information that they do seek and find is only what they need the most. They never find out more than they really need and thereby can´t explore the options they could have had. In the group there were variations in terms of use of libraries. The libraries need above all to introduce themselves and their activity better to these immigrants. Parts of the study group struggle with the Swedish language every day, they lack an outcome for their interests and wishes to gain more computer skills. The libraries need to present fields in which the group has interests but don´t access of participate in. If the libraries do provide this, that could lead to finding new meeting points where more people could be included and thereby expand the target group of the library.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, Uppsatser inom biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267
Keyword [en]
Information behaviour, Library users, Women Immigrants, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
Informationsbeteende, Biblioteksanvändare, Invandrarkvinnor, Sverige
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119863Local ID: 456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119863DiVA: diva2:301121

Available from: 2010-03-04 Created: 2010-03-02 Last updated: 2010-03-04Bibliographically approved

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