Konstfack - Sveriges största konst- och designhögskola: Domänanalytisk studie av högskolans ontologi, epistemologi samt kunskapsorganisation
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this Master thesis has been to study the knowledge-domain of Konstfack; the largest universitycollege of arts, crafts and design education in Sweden. Every year approximately 900 students participates in thespecific education programs that Konstfack is offering; the Undergraduate and the Master´s programs, the Arteducation programs and other independent courses on Art and Design.For this research in Library- and Information Science a domain-analytical approach has been used. Thisstudy is influenced by socio-cultural and discursive perspectives, and considers the consequences of the past endthe present discourses of Art and the classification on Art and their ideological and social embeddedness in allkinds of research and other human behaviour.Firstly the study deals with the introduction and a presentation of the theory and method used for thepurpose. Then the study consists of three main parts; analyses of the ontology, the epistemology and theknowledge organization of Konstfack´s domain. Those analyses are seen in the light of the cultural-historicalcontext. The specific aim is to shed light on Konstfacks micro-universe with the help of a brief backgroundanalysis of the macro domain of Art and its present. Finally the study presents and analyses the important and Iwould say the crucial role as an informationresource center for the domain as whole; the information providingunit of the Konstfack´s Library.For the analysis a theoretical base of domain-theory and discourse-theory is useful to combine with theempirical study of the domain of Konstfack. The method used in this research is mostly observation and analysesof the domain in question and text analyses of relevant research. I had an excellent opportunity to observe andtake part in the domain on a daily base for a period of six weeks in October 2008 during my time as a trainee inthe Library of Konstfack, which is one of Sweden´s largest and most comprehensive Art and Design Library.The conclusion of this study is that Konstfack´s micro domain seems to keep up with the macro domain ofArt with its tendency to new ontology perspectives and subject areas corresponding to the contemporary broaddefinition of Art and the accelerating development of many new media, which embraces materials far beyondtraditional art forms and techniques such as for example ready-mades and bricolage. Also the epistemologicalperspective in the domain is very pluralistic and rich, and the study and interpretation of Art seem to be in linewith the post modernist pluralistic and interdisciplinary approach tendency. The studies introduces a widespectrum of theories and methodologies in current research and one significant epistemological approach that isfrequent and can be distinguished is the communication theory approach. Also the inter-disciplinary and theglobal perspective are frequent.Moreover the information supply in the domain, cared for by the Konstfack´s Library, seem to correspondto the ontological and epistemological position and its needs in the domain. The Library collection and its stocksadds new media forms such as DVDs and developing new subject departments like for example the innovativeThe Materials Library and the video lounge Timeline, to keep up with the recent changes and developments inthe art world at large. The Library´s goal and vision to be a user friendly and resource full information- andexpertise center in the domain, seem met not least by the rich amount of the carried purchase requests from thestudents, staff and teachers at Konstfack
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 91 p.
, Uppsatser inom biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 470
Konstfack (Stockholm, Sweden), Art Libraries, Domain analysis, Discourse analysis, Information Sciences, Information resources, Library management, Knowledge organization in subject areas
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120052Local ID: 470OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120052DiVA: diva2:302359